Do incoming planes have a circle decent or do they straight-line it in to the airport. I'm going to assume a majority of traffic comes from the north.
May be an odd ?, but I get severe pressure build-up and the type of decent/landing makes a huge difference in how my first couple of days on the island will go. Straight in and I can't hear a thing and have earaches for 2 or 3 days. Everything sounds like I'm under water til the ears pop. A gradual circular decent and I'm fine.
Though the descent is gradual on a typical landing from most planes, it is not circular, but rather a southerly route followed by banking to the East over Lucea and into MBJ. Weather conditions obviously can change this.
Good question! I have a same problem! Any idea how to alleviate the pain? I get this pressure in my ears that makes me half-deaf and in intense pain until a short time after the plane lands (length and severity depends on altitude changes) At it's worst, I've been hard of hearing for 2 full days with sharp pain in my ears for a few hours after landing. I had tears in my eyes on the plane, and my fiance thought I was insane...but it really does hurt bad enough to ruin the first day of a trip!
i'm not sure if this will help, but my mother has exactly that problem--although we've never connected it to the type of landing. anyway, she has major ear problems for days after she flies--but for the last few trips we got her Earplanes ear plugs and the problem was completely solved. they are developed specifically for flying and when used as the box suggests (an hour before landing, i think?)--it was her ear saver.
we got hers at the airport news stand, however i've also seen then at Rite Aid, and on drugstore.com
You go west of the island and come directly at the runway (straight approach) along the top of the island (going west to east). Rarely, if there's traffic, you circle, but generally, it's straight in. But it's a very, very, very gradual descent. Then, when you leave, you go straight east, turn left and head north back to the US. Hopefully, there are no pressure problems.
I had the same problem with my ears and then I discovered Ear Planes. They are this special type of ear plug that helps prevent the pressure buildup. You almost screw them in your ears and you put them in about 1 hour before landing. There is a metal ball inside the plug that prevents your ears from building that pressure. You do not take them out until they open the doors of the plane. I have used these for the last seven years and it has been a god send when I get off the plane.
You can get them at Walmart in the pharmacy area by the other ear devices.
OMG Scottynkim...LMAO!!! On a previous trip (loooong ago) my dad, who was terrified of flying, was always afraid we'd land in the water before we even got to the runway, the end of which used to be about 10 feet (slight exaggeration!) from the water! The highway had crossing arms that came down whenever a plane landed!! I'm presuming that they changed that approach since then??
Seems like everyone else flew straight in, we, however, flew pararell east to the coast, came back west and then landed east bound, geiving us a nice view of what was to come. It all depends on the weather and who's behind the wheel!
We stayed at a resort close to the Hip Strip (before we discovered Couples) and it had a full view of the planes coming in over the water and landing. It actually wasn't noisy and was quite a nice sight to see them over the water. In 7 days we never saw planes come in any other way. So I would count on a straight descent.