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CCS Adds More Intl. Gates/air Bridges  
User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2575 posts, RR: 31
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2919 times:

CCS is undergoing a renovation program since 2004. Today works began in the removal of old air bridges in the international terminal. They will be replaced with brand new air bridges which have glass walls and Air Conditioning.

They will also build 3 new gates (26, 27 and 28) in order to reduce remote ramp boardings via Buses.

Saludos desde Caracas,
Luis

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User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2661 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2899 times:

Good to hear of the improvements at CCS. I've a project there and have been back and forth 3 times over the last two months.

I have had good travels and re-assuring security while traveling to and from CCS.

We really need the bridge fixed, however. To get to Maiquetia from Caracas is just miserable with the problem. When I passed last week, the first pillar of the new bridge was in place.



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User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1907 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2857 times:

Wow!

Those are news Luis! Where did you get them from?

I knew about the jet-bridges, but not about the new gates to be added!

Great great stuff to know. It seems that we're improving...slowly...but improving!

Cheers.



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User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2005 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2809 times:

Really great. CCS is getting better and better.
All we need now is an airline who uses it as hub. The geograpical location of CCS is simply the best in Southamerica and it is a shame that no local airline know how to profit from it.

Quoting Luisde8cd (Thread starter):
They will also build 3 new gates (26, 27 and 28) in order to reduce remote ramp boardings via Buses.

I am looking forward to arrive at 28 having a connection to MAR with VH from Gate 1 !


User currently offlineCayMan From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 905 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

Quoting Chiguire (Reply 3):
Really great. CCS is getting better and better.
All we need now is an airline who uses it as hub. The geograpical location of CCS is simply the best in Southamerica and it is a shame that no local airline know how to profit from it.

Geography and excellent cost factor are hugley in favour of CCS to become a regional hub. Unfortunately the ever more unstable political and economic situation in Venezuela renders this extremely unlikely for the time being.

CCS will even suffer as an O&D destination as fewer and fewer business pax want anything to do with traveling to Venezuela.


User currently offlineErikgnoha From Venezuela, joined Jun 2006, 214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2670 times:

Excellent news. I love this airport. Last week I came from a trip abroad and everything was perfect, everything looked pretty roomy and organized. A lot of works are going on currently in CCS, like this new gates, the tunnel that connects the domestic and international terminal, the new radar that was installed a few months ago, and also the hotel. Hopefully in a couple of years everything is going to be ready.


Venezuela, donde los suenos renacen
User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2005 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

Quoting Erikgnoha (Reply 5):
the tunnel that connects the domestic and international terminal,

Does that tunnel connect both terminals "inside" or "outside". I mean before or after immigration/customs ?
And if it does before clearing customs, how will the baggage be handled ? Can it be checked through then ? Or will it be like in the US: you clear customs and put it right back on a baggage belt ?
Does someone know when this tunnel will be ready ? From outside it looks like ready.

Quoting CayMan (Reply 4):
CCS will even suffer as an O&D destination as fewer and fewer business pax want anything to do with traveling to Venezuela.

I think this is not the case (yet). Due to the oil boom there are more business travellers than ever at the moment(expect maybe from the US, this figure hasn't increased).


User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1907 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2602 times:

Guys I just arrived from MIA and checked out the advances in the CCS major project.

In front of the customs area (outside, ofcourse) there are four of the new glass jet-bridges laying on the ground. One of them has already been installed on gate 22.

Unfortunately, I couldn't take any pictures because my camera was inside my bag by then.

Anyhow, It does look very cool and I think that this simple thing will make CCS look much better and way more updated. I'm proud of all the works that are being done in the airport.

However, I must say that after my flight AZ, AF, LH, IB and TP arrived and the lines were miserable... then, coming up from La Guaira to Caracas was a punishment due to the bridge problems (which is well advanced into the construction)

Saludos desde Caracas
Enrique



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User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2661 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

Quoting Erikgnoha (Reply 5):
the tunnel that connects the domestic and international terminal, the new radar that was installed a few months ago, and also the hotel.

Which hotel?

Quoting 797 (Reply 7):
coming up from La Guaira to Caracas was a punishment due to the bridge problems (which is well advanced into the construction)

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User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5934 posts, RR: 41
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2420 times:

Quoting Chiguire (Reply 3):
Really great. CCS is getting better and better.
All we need now is an airline who uses it as hub. The geograpical location of CCS is simply the best in Southamerica and it is a shame that no local airline know how to profit from it.

true, but what airline, i do not see an airline in the sooner future to make CCS as an Hub, sadly....


Next step for CCS Airport should be to get new cargo installations. to be honest the cargo installations are really bad for the relative hugh amount of cargo that ccs is handling.

regards



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User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2005 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2404 times:

Quoting Avianca (Reply 9):
true, but what airline, i do not see an airline in the sooner future to make CCS as an Hub, sadly....

true - nobody there.

Quoting Avianca (Reply 9):
Next step for CCS Airport should be to get new cargo installations. to be honest the cargo installations are really bad for the relative hugh amount of cargo that ccs is handling.

Are there no plans yet ? I thought that IAAIM has plans to also upgrade the cargo installations.
This is from their website:

"En el marco del programa de renovación y desarrollo de las instalaciones del Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetía "Simón Bolívar" -PROYECTO MAIQUETIA-, el Instituto Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetía (IAAIM) ha iniciado el proceso para el desarrollo del NUEVO TERMINAL DE CARGA AƒREA, moderno, eficiente y funcional.



El terminal internacional de carga para el Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetía "Simón Bolívar" estará ubicado al Sur de la Pista 09-27 y será desarrollado bajo la modalidad de construir, equipar, administrar y transferir, se enmarca dentro del Decreto de Rango y Fuerza de Ley para la Promoción de la Inversión Privada bajo el Régimen de Concesiones.


Descripción:

Una facilidad (Terminal, Almacenes y Oficinas) de Aprox. 37.500 m2
Capacidad de almacenamiento entre 130.000 y 150.000 toneladas anuales

Inversión estimada: US$ 22.800.000

Ejecución estimada del Proyecto: 24 meses."


User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5934 posts, RR: 41
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2400 times:

Quoting Chiguire (Reply 10):
Are there no plans yet ? I thought that IAAIM has plans to also upgrade the cargo installations.
This is from their website:

"En el marco del programa de renovación y desarrollo de las instalaciones del Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetía "Simón Bolívar" -PROYECTO MAIQUETIA-, el Instituto Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetía (IAAIM) ha iniciado el proceso para el desarrollo del NUEVO TERMINAL DE CARGA AƒREA, moderno, eficiente y funcional.



El terminal internacional de carga para el Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetía "Simón Bolívar" estará ubicado al Sur de la Pista 09-27 y será desarrollado bajo la modalidad de construir, equipar, administrar y transferir, se enmarca dentro del Decreto de Rango y Fuerza de Ley para la Promoción de la Inversión Privada bajo el Régimen de Concesiones.


Descripción:

Una facilidad (Terminal, Almacenes y Oficinas) de Aprox. 37.500 m2
Capacidad de almacenamiento entre 130.000 y 150.000 toneladas anuales

Inversión estimada: US$ 22.800.000

Ejecución estimada del Proyecto: 24 meses."

would be great, if true, well it is the first time that I hear about a new cargo terminal.

What I know that the biggest warehouse-provider did had plans to construct a new modern warehouse, but the lot of land was already redeemed. maybe this is the place were IAAIM has the plans. would be great!



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User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1907 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2343 times:

Hey guys,

Quoting Avianca (Reply 11):
well it is the first time that I hear about a new cargo terminal.

Avianca, some years ago when IAAIM published in their website the Maiquetia 2000 project, they showed us through their website all the pics of how the airport would look after the whole works are over. So far, the pax terminal looks just like I remember when I first saw the pics.

In the other hand, they did publish what Chiguire just showed us. They do have plans to change the Cargo Terminal, but since that's off-site for civilians like us, I have no info on the current situation.

So far I must say I'm very happy on how CCS has been developing; however, I must say that the only thing that really bothers me is the long qeue lines in the International Arrivals Customs. They should improve that a bit more, since the lines there are devastating, especially for all the passengers who come from +8 hours flights.

Now with these glass jet-bridges, It will look much much better!

Saludos



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User currently offlineTGV From France, joined Dec 2004, 874 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

Quoting 797 (Reply 12):
So far I must say I'm very happy on how CCS has been developing; however, I must say that the only thing that really bothers me is the long qeue lines in the International Arrivals Customs. They should improve that a bit more, since the lines there are devastating, especially for all the passengers who come from +8 hours flights.

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Agree 100 %

Since the opening of the new arrival and departure areas, the only point still not working well in Maiquetia is the arrival custom area.

Sometimes they check everybody, sometimes they check very few people, but this is regardless of the length of the queue. What is sure is if in the afternoon you have only two agents to check the European arriving flights (I arrived with the AF 744) this is a recipe for delays. And passengers will remain on this bad impression of the airport.

One of my colleague arrived 4 hours late with an AR flight from EZE (the delay had been announced 2 days in advance, but nevertheless a delay for his plans), at nearly midnight. Anyway he spent more than 40 minutes queuing for customs.

How come the immigration process has been streamlined to excellent international standards but the custom process is still so inefficient (and unpredictable)?

When I arrive next Sunday, I will check one more time (I will write a trip report).



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User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1907 posts, RR: 27
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

Quoting TGV (Reply 13):
at nearly midnight. Anyway he spent more than 40 minutes queuing for customs.



Quoting TGV (Reply 13):
How come the immigration process has been streamlined to excellent international standards but the custom process is still so inefficient

This is our daily feed. We now have a beautiful airport with a very nice infrastructure, but we still have the same base ingredient: "The Venezuelan Way" (That's how I call it)... It's nothing else than doing the job because it has to be done regardless what people think. Sad, but true.

I.E. Look how our airlines are being managed (just a tiny example)

Quoting TGV (Reply 13):
(and unpredictable)?

EVERYTHING here is unpredictable, my friend.

Looking forward to see your report!

Saludos!

PS. How about if we set up an A.net meeting?



Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
User currently offlineTGV From France, joined Dec 2004, 874 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2174 times:

Quoting 797 (Reply 14):
EVERYTHING here is unpredictable, my friend.

How quickly one forgets ! I have been in France for 10 days now, and as here evrerything I had planned indeed happened at the planned time, I had "forgotten" this "little detail" about Venezuela !

Quoting 797 (Reply 14):
PS. How about if we set up an A.net meeting?

Good idea.



Avoid 777 with 3-4-3 config in Y ! They are real sardine cans. (AF/KL for example)
User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1907 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2141 times:

Quoting TGV (Reply 15):
Good idea.

Great!

Then I'll contact all the Venezuelan A.netters to settle it up. When are you coming back?

I'll start doing the works!

Saludos!



Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
User currently offlineLamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2129 times:

Quoting 797 (Reply 12):
the only thing that really bothers me is the long queue lines in the International Arrivals Customs

Immigration has long lines too but they do their work very thoroughly and up-to-date have been the only ones to comment on a new scar my son has in his face. (He's a hockey player and proud of it so no problem)

Departures need some improvement too, the lines to go through Customs and Immigration there are awful and all those forms to fill out, horrendous.

The little luggage carts after the checkpoints are wonderful and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport followed their example a few years ago.



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User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5934 posts, RR: 41
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2110 times:

Quoting 797 (Reply 14):
PS. How about if we set up an A.net meeting?

sounds very good, do not forget me  Smile



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User currently offlineTGV From France, joined Dec 2004, 874 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

Quoting 797 (Reply 16):
When are you coming back?

Answer in MP.



Avoid 777 with 3-4-3 config in Y ! They are real sardine cans. (AF/KL for example)
User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2005 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2079 times:

Quoting 797 (Reply 14):
PS. How about if we set up an A.net meeting?

Yes, would be great ! I am in CCS from Oct 3rd to 8th.


User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1907 posts, RR: 27
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2014 times:

Quoting Chiguire (Reply 20):
Yes, would be great ! I am in CCS from Oct 3rd to 8th.

Eso!

Ok, I'll start doing the works to make it nicely.



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