As we arrived (12/26 4:31) here on the island via USAir we were expecting the worse; long custom lines, long baggage wait etc
Our flight was on time, we breezed thru customs and luggage pickup was fine.
it was a typical visit to the island....bully met us and we headed to LaCabana.
There was a family of nine staying at the Amsterdam Manor. I had emailed Cindy in advance to tell her that this family arrived on a United flight on Christmas Eve Day 12/24 and it took them 2 hours to get through Aruba Immigrations.
IF they were first time travelers to Aruba I can understand how that would be a consideration in planning future vacations.
The grandma of the family never uses a wheelchair and after the first hour of standing she couldn't do it anymore. Fortunately a family member was able to get someone's attention in order to get a wheelchair.
we landed the day after thanksgiving, a friday. the immigration line was wrapped around, all booths open and people were standing going up the stairs. it looked like a scene from a musical. i told my husband to pick a line, i was going to the bathroom to change from my jeans to my shorts (yes, i stuck them in my purse just in case). he actually picked the best line. it was the only line that there were two people manning the booths. so it took us maybe half an hour tops and that's only because our line just kept moving. i've never seen it like that. and the funny part is everyone around us and in line were all repeats so no one was mad or nasty. it was like who cares, i'm here and can't wait to hit that air outside, lol, but first pick up that bottle of tequila from the duty free............
We arrived on Tuesday, Dec. 30th. - we were in First Class so one of the first off the plane. Stood in the immigration line for maybe 10 minutes at the most. Luggage came within 10 minutes. All in all, in and out of the airport in 20 minutes at the most. Flight landed at 3:30pm and we were at the resort with our rental car by 4:15/4:30pm.
We departed on Tuesday, Jan. 6th. We lost a little track of time with a long morning beach day and a late lunch so we didn't arrive at the airport until 2:35 for a 4:35pm flight which is a little less time than I would have liked. No lines at the Delta counter so in and out in 5 minutes. The first security line was pretty light and moved fast. We spent 5 minutes looking at magazines before heading into the room to claim our bags. Walked into the customs room and stood in line to use a APC machine - that was quick and easy and took all of 5 minutes. But then.....had to stand in the usual customs line which seemed to move slightly faster than usual but still took awhile. Total time in the customs area was about 20 minutes. Usually the second security line is the quick one for us but this time the line snaked around a bit and we had to wait.
Total time from walking in the door at the airport to getting to our gate was about 40 minutes. Got to our gate and had only 5 minutes to wait before boarding began. Took off on time.
Didn't seem much different (as far as time involved) as previous trips.
"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts." - - Marcus Aurelius
33rd trip to Aruba - May 2016
San Fran/Napa Valley - Sept. 2016
Barcelona, Mallorca, and Andorra - Nov. 2016