Chasing the Summer Charters

By: Category: Midwest



Every year, spotters around the globe wait anxiously for the summer charters, as that usually brings planes and airlines that are otherwise not common locally.

This year, Columbus (CMH) won some variety: Cancun on Friday/Saturday, operated by Interjet; Punta Cana on Sunday/Monday, operated by Swift Air; and, Freeport/Grand Bahama (will begin soon), operated by Sunwing. The Cancun charters started in March, and while that’s not exactly summer, by mid-March everyone in the midwest was sick of the snow and ice.

Interjet has so far sent a good variety of planes, including one of the Ecojet specials. Swift Air has disappointed, since every flight has been operated by the same plane (N458UW), we will see what Sunwing sends, and we will share pictures.

While Swift Air is seen in Columbus from time to time, usually bringing in sports teams (or taking them somewhere), Interjet has only been here once before, when they brought “El Tri” (Mexico’s national soccer team) for a match against the USMNT at Columbus Crew Stadium in 2013 (I think).

Last year was a different scenario, as Aeromexico operated the Cancun flights with a 737-700, Bahamasair Operated by XTra Airways had the Freeport flight; and there was no Punta Cana flight.


Story by Felipe Garcia, photos by Felipe Garcia and Evan Gill.

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