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Topic: New BOG Int'l Terminal Review - A Perspective
Username: mvecchi4
Posted 2012-11-07 09:06:08 and read 5797 times.

Hi everyone. My fifth report on A.net just arrived!.

This is a rather different report, since I’ve done (and reported) this route before I will not go on the details of the origin and destination airport but rather stop on reviewing the brand new International Terminal for Bogota’s Eldorado International Airport (BOG) which was opened just a couple of weeks ago on October 18th.

I didn’t see any reports on A.net about the new terminal as I write this report so I guess this is a first on that part.

A look at the plane taking me to BOG.




After a normally delayed flight ex-VLN because of the National Guard, Airport Officials and a nice senior lady who left her carryon bag in the departure lounge, we arrived into BOG a full half hour after our expected arrival time.

The VLN is always bussed to the terminal so I wasn’t expecting a jet bridge. To my surprise, we were parked close to the terminal and a jetway approached the aircraft. I was amazed.


Before attaching the jetbridge.


The nice lady operating the jetbridge.


View inside the jetbridge. I kind of like CCS jetbridges better.


After the jetbridge we turn right!


View to the right hand side.


View of the hallway.


Construction going on.


Another look at the construction.


Exit.


Going inside the main terminal bulding.


Security.


AV is the dominant carrier in BOG.


Hallway.


People arriving from another flight.


Eldorado branding.


The gentleman in yellow was helping confused people out. To the left is the passport control area for people staying in Bogotá. I went ahead to the international connections area.


Blurry look at the passport control area. It is much bigger than before but equally crowded.


AV FAs to the left. Gorgeous uniforms.


I love this livery, so I stopped to snap a picture of this AR A340 coming from EZE, already with their SkyTeam livery.


Another look at AR.


To the left is security for International connections.


The security area. Please note that on the other side they have 2 machines. Going from 1 to 4 machines is a very good improvement. Security was a breeze this time. Made it to my connection in about half hour.


The escalator for the departures floor.


Just as you come out of the escalator you can see the security screening to the left. This is the one for people just entering the airport.


I’m assuming you go through passport control before going through security.


Attenza dominating the Duty Free Shops still…


Also, La Riviera is heavily represented in this airport.


There’s some construction still going on.


I think this is AV’s VIP Lounge.


Walking to my gate!.


La Riviera.


Gorgeous new terminal. I love it.


More terminal.


Britt Shop. Wanted to buy chocolate coffee beans but didn’t have much time.

There’s free WiFi in this airport BTW.




AV metal.


Full view of the hallway.


Where I just came from.


Great gates.


Juan Valdez Café… You can’t miss a “Tinto” coffee while in Colombia.


More views.


I was in gate 51 so I had to take the elevator downstairs. This had “bus” written all over it.


Another view of the outside. Beautiful BOG.


Detail of the Elevator button.


My flight.


Flight to AUA next to us.


AC bound for YYZ


Star Alliance in the house!


Lining up for the bus.

One interesting thing is that when using busses for passengers to a plane, priority boarding is practically useless unless you know which door they’re going to open first. Either way you will get mixed with economy passengers in the bus and ultimately not board the plane first and maybe miss the pre flight drink service.




On the way to our plane I see NK


More NK


Again AR


AV birds.


AA in the house.


Like this view of the terminal.


TA arriving.

So then we got to the plane and took off for PTY.

That’s all for the outbound leg. I give you some pictures of the return trip:


The plane that took me on the PTY-BOG leg.


Picking up the attendants. Kind of nice.


The new terminal still undergoing construction.

I saw the old terminal and it was still being used for parking the planes, but most of the jetbridges were not in use. This means they park the plane in the old spot for a certain gate but they still bus people to the new terminal. Apparently only CM Colombia is still using some gates for domestic flights.


I believe this is AV’s newest plane, a StarAlliance livery A330.

I saw that on the Avianca en Revista on board magazine. It’s their ninth A330 as the article mentioned.


Brand new.


The new baggage handling system.


Hopping from the first floor to the mezzanine.


Saw AA on the way.


Security lines. This time it was chaos. A lot of people and the security guards were not very interested in making the lines move forward quickly. I even got to wait for a leats 10 minutes as in my line a lady started a brawl with the security officer because he was going to confiscate a bottle of perfume which she refused to give.
My connection came tighter and tighter.

And so the rest is history.

I really like this new terminal and compared to the old one this is a big leap forward. This is really an airport worthy of a great city like Bogotá. I’m proud of my Colombian friends and I send them congratulations on this piece of work.

This also solidifies my decision to change VLN as the main choice for my international flights, meaning I could use AV for most of them as the international connections are now smoother (compared to what I lived a couple of months ago in the old terminal. It’s still not up to the PTY standard (not going through security again), but it’s still cool. I also like AV’s service much more than CM’s.


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So this is all there is for this report. Thanks for stopping by.

Feedback is always appreciated

Miguel.


Future Reports – Booked Flights

CCS-PTY on SBA Airlines (S3) - December
VLN-PTY-PUJ on Copa Airlines (CM) - December

Past Reports

CCS-HKG On AF Premium Voyageur (by mvecchi4 May 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part I Peru Trip - CCS-LIM With LA Y Cabin (by mvecchi4 Sep 8 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part II Peru Trip - LIM-CUZ With StarPeru Y Cabin (by mvecchi4 Sep 8 2012 in Trip Reports)
VLN-BOG-PTY On Avianca J Class (by mvecchi4 Sep 15 2012 in Trip Reports)
CCS-ATL-MCO On Delta Y+ Class (by mvecchi4 Oct 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
VLN-AUA On Laser (Q7) DC-9 Y Cabin (by mvecchi4 Nov 3 2012 in Trip Reports)

Topic: RE: New BOG Int'l Terminal Review - A Perspective
Username: RCS763AV
Posted 2012-11-07 11:37:03 and read 5801 times.

Thank you for the report!

There have been a lot of pictures on local media but not much info on the actual terminal experience. I haven't had a chance to go check it out yet, but will do in december.

Quoting mvecchi4 (Thread starter):
I saw the old terminal and it was still being used for parking the planes, but most of the jetbridges were not in use. This means they park the plane in the old spot for a certain gate but they still bus people to the new terminal. Apparently only CM Colombia is still using some gates for domestic flights.

The old terminal is still being used for all domestic flights except AV's, although some of the jetbridges have ben decomissioned to continue with construction. This will change from 2H 2013, when for a period of around 11-13 months those flights will be moved to the current international facility for the completion of the domestic gates. That will be a mess.

Topic: RE: New BOG Int'l Terminal Review - A Perspective
Username: mvecchi4
Posted 2012-11-08 06:51:22 and read 5801 times.

Hi Roberto,

Thanks for the info.

Quoting RCS763AV (Reply 1):
but not much info on the actual terminal experience

Hope this was enlighting. Lookinf forward to your report on the experience.

Quoting RCS763AV (Reply 1):
That will be a mess.

Not sure, they seem to be pretty organized so far.

Thanks for stopping by.

Miguel.

Topic: RE: New BOG Int'l Terminal Review - A Perspective
Username: SOUTHAMERICA
Posted 2012-11-08 14:33:33 and read 5801 times.

Hi Miguel.

Thanks for sharing you experience in the new terminal. Definitely a huge leap forward from the old terminal, and finally the beginning of the airport Bogota deserves so long ago. Lucky you had some nice weather  

In my opinion, judging based on all the photos on the net, the only things that leave a somewhat bittersweet taste are the relatively limited number of gates with jetbridge (obviously this will grow in the future but still I expected it to open with at least a few more parking spots to cope with all the traffic in peak hours) and the rather small array of restaurants for that size of a terminal (a small court with 3 fast food options and an additional 2 restaurants is what I've gathered from all the pics in the web). Also I'm not a huge fan of the jetbridges themselves, and as you, I've always wondered why they didn't go with more modern looking ones with glass walls, which is after all, the trend in most modern terminals. Nonetheless these are all small details when putting things in perspective, as it is without a doubt a huge improvement.

I'm too looking forward to trying it out this next January, and seeing how the domestic-international connecting experience with Avianca changed.

Thanks again.

Topic: RE: New BOG Int'l Terminal Review - A Perspective
Username: mvecchi4
Posted 2012-11-25 13:23:00 and read 5473 times.

Quoting SOUTHAMERICA (Reply 3):
n my opinion, judging based on all the photos on the net, the only things that leave a somewhat bittersweet taste are the relatively limited number of gates with jetbridge (obviously this will grow in the future but still I expected it to open with at least a few more parking spots to cope with all the traffic in peak hours) and the rather small array of restaurants for that size of a terminal (a small court with 3 fast food options and an additional 2 restaurants is what I've gathered from all the pics in the web). Also I'm not a huge fan of the jetbridges themselves, and as you, I've always wondered why they didn't go with more modern looking ones with glass walls, which is after all, the trend in most modern terminals. Nonetheless these are all small details when putting things in perspective, as it is without a doubt a huge improvement.

I wouldn't go with bittersweet. Like you said the leap forward with this terminal is amazing. Yes there may be some issues, but there was urgent need to leave the old one. It was defenitely not the type of airport for a wonderful city like Bogotá.

I did miss those small carts filled with drinks and colombian snacks. I usually buy some Chicken Flavored Chips (Margaritas or SuperRicas) but I couldn't find them easily on the new airport.

Thanks for commenting.

Miguel.

Topic: RE: New BOG Int'l Terminal Review - A Perspective
Username: Coal
Posted 2012-11-25 19:00:53 and read 5340 times.

This is incredible. It is hard to think this is El Dorado. After decades they finally did it. I remember back in the early 2000s reading about the Plan Maestro and how it would only open around 2025.

Just two comments:

1) The choice of light-yellow font on light-blue background for the destinations on the gate screens is awful and hard to read. Black on white or something with a higher contrast would be better.

2) Why isn't the Star Alliance logo next to the AV logo at the gate screens?

Cheers
Coal

Topic: RE: New BOG Int'l Terminal Review - A Perspective
Username: troest
Posted 2012-11-27 04:21:04 and read 4877 times.

Thanks for a wonderful report on the new terminal 2!

Quoting Coal (Reply 5):
2) Why isn't the Star Alliance logo next to the AV logo at the gate screens?

Last time i checked they changed to a smaller logo beneath the AV logo. Same as Copa Airlines. Think it looks much better now.


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