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Margarita & PMV's Development (Report + Pics)  
User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1890 posts, RR: 28
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3253 times:

Hey guys!

This past weekend I went back to visit our beloved island, Margarita. I had a superb time by going to the beach, night-places, and of course some aviation-related activities.

My trip started in a very interesting way: I flew on a LASER DC-9-14!


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It was a very attractive flight for obvious reasons! The service and flight was great (open bar  bigthumbsup  Wink so no complains about that at all (trip report on the making!)

As I arrived to the Island, I decided to focus on the tourism potential that it has, by looking at every single detail either in the airport and around the island.

In the first place, I was surprised to see the advanced development that the airport has been facing since the last time I saw it (three months ago). By that time, I only got to see how it would look by having a small architecture model:

Front of the Airport:
http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/5830/mtac041qg1.jpg

Aerial View:
http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/7263/mtac024pd3.jpg

Today, that model is becoming reality. I must confess that when I saw the model for the first time, I though It would be matter of years to see the transformation completed, but it only required a few months to make some of it happen.

The outside of the airport is now looking very nice. It has acquired a tropical and modern profile that gives it a cool touch.

Front View of the Terminal:
http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/2489/mtac018zc9.jpg

Behind that door is the current baggage claim area:
http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/2623/mtac020kn6.jpg

Views of the Terminal:
http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/2894/mtac022nc3.jpg

Future Arrivals Zone:
http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/9602/mtac019ad2.jpg


Now, the front of the airport is almost done. I believe that as soon as this is completed, they'll move to the terminal zone, where they'll install the three jet-bridges and build the wayting areas (as you can see in the model). Currently, International flights arrive on a sided terminal (which is located in the far end of the coming picture). The major plan is to merge these two terminals into one big arrivals lounge:

The arrivals lounge would be where the jet-bridges are connected to:
http://img479.imageshack.us/img479/8070/mtac023bf4.jpg

Today PMV receives four Wide-Bodied flights: Condor, Martinair, First Choice and AirTransat. Some of them are Charters. Luckily, during my visit, I got to see Martinair, First Choice and Condor. These last two, parked one next to the other one. I could only take on decent shot of the event:

http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/931/mtab012ot2.jpg

Domestic Carriers are Aeropostal, LASER, Aserca, Avior, Rutaca, Lai, and Conviasa plus other Charter operators.

...I don't know if you've noticed, but I see some kind of optimism in the model. There's a Conviasa 777 parked at one of the gates! Pretty ironic, huh? (I went deeper and saw that there were huge stickers covering the pretty Alitalia livery, so...shouldn't we sue? Big grin ) Here it is:

http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/986/mtac040zc1.jpg

Inside the airport I couldn't take any pictures, since there were some guards that wouldn't let me. Currently there are in the main lavel, two shops (obviously duty-free, since Margarita is a Duty-Free zone) very well equipped with bilingual attendants. It has two snack places and it provides good flight information. As I said before, this is the national terminal, therefore there are only National carrier desks inside. I've never been to the international terminal before, so no info available.

As you come out of the terminal, you have the chance to choose from a vast selection of transportation. You have from old taxis to brand new ones and also buses managed by tourism companies.

Changing subject, Margarita is becoming a very nice place to go to, despite its relation to the bad situation us Venezuelans are living. I got to see Dannish, Italians, Germans, Spanish and Dutch people on the beaches, having a great time. I got to speak to some Italian kids and they happenned to LOVE the place. Not only that, but one of them told me that they visited Los Roques with a charter flight... What could be better for them European people?

In the beaches, there are bilingual attendants everywhere (even the oister sellers who are native people!).

For you guys who don't know the place, I recommend it without thinking it. Margarita is growing fast and steady. It has perhaps the most beautifull shopping center in the hemisphere (Sambil Margarita) and a world TOP-THREE windsurfing beach 'Playa El Yaque'. Not only that, but several places that I assure are unique in the planet. People is nice, with the warm and friendly Venezuelan touch... that will catch anyone.

If you want any detailed information about the island, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'll be more than happy to attend you guys.

Here are some shot's I've taken in the last days.

Hope this small report works!

Cheers!

Enrique.


Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
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User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2003 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3224 times:

Thank you very much for this update ! The front looks very nice. I hope that they start the works on the first floor with the restaurants soon. This chinese fast food restaurant offering Pizza is simply awful.

User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1890 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3156 times:

No problem Chiguire!

Quoting Chiguire (Reply 1):
This chinese fast food restaurant offering Pizza is simply awful.

Oh tell me about it! It's shameful! Not only that restaurant, but the others too!

I think that the major project will be somehow alike CCS. They will put the jet-bridges where the current terrace is and destroy the current food court and perhaps build a new one.

I haven't seen the interior modeled project, so I've no idea how it might look.

I heard that AA is planning to fly there from MIA, is that true?

Cheers!



Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
User currently offlineErikgnoha From Venezuela, joined Jun 2006, 214 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

Great news 797 and I hope the job can be completed on time. Do you know how much time would it take to complete the front view of the terminal and the 3 jetbridges?

Thanks for this update. I believe Margarita could be even better that what is now!!!



Venezuela, donde los suenos renacen
User currently offlineCCSLSP From Venezuela, joined Apr 2006, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3107 times:

Very nice Pictures, good to see porlamar lookin like that....

[Edited 2006-07-28 22:35:58]


Planes are soooo sexy, that I dont want to have sex in a plane, but with a plane...!!!!!
User currently offlineLamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3100 times:

So sorry to give PMV a miss this year, we did have an invitation for next week but decided to go to MEX and GDL instead. But we'll be back  Cool for sure.


I wish that all skies were orange and blue!!
User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1890 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3041 times:

Quoting Erikgnoha (Reply 3):
Do you know how much time would it take to complete the front view of the terminal and the 3 jetbridges?

No idea. The interior of the airpor is still intact except for the baggage claim area, that has been all modified. The second floor, where I believe the jet-bridges will be located hasn't been touched yet, so I'd expect to see it completet within a year and a half, perhaps...

Quoting Erikgnoha (Reply 3):
I believe Margarita could be even better that what is now!!!

It will be much better, believe me... not only because of the airport, but because of the people and the beaches. Everything's cleaner and shiny. I must say I was surprised to see that!

Margarita is nothing compared to what it was ten years ago. Now it looks like a first-world place!

Quoting Lamedianaranja (Reply 5):
decided to go to MEX and GDL

Damn, how could you cheat on us so bad Big grin, I hope you won't regret it!

Vengan a Margarita!

Saludos!



Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
User currently offlineCharlipr From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2005, 340 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3026 times:

Me and my wife are looking at going to Margarita this year. We went last year when we celebrated our wedding at La Samanna Hotel and Spa. I live in Ohio so I am waiting for Air Transat to launch the charter schedule from YYZ so I can buy our vacation package. My favorite beach is Playa del Agua. The terminal looks much more advanced from what I saw and expected. I also truly believe that Margarita is a great place.

Hope to see ya all down there sometime!!!

 wave 

Quoting 797 (Reply 2):
I heard that AA is planning to fly there from MIA, is that true?

AA/AE have mentioned numerous times about serving PMV. I think they said that AA will serve it from MIA and AE will serve it from SJU. Last year AE was running charter flights to/from SJU, but they got cancelled due to the, already resolved issue, of CAT I/II FAA category rating. Aeropostal mentioned that they also wanted to launch flight to/from PMV and MIA. Honestly, I do not know the status of either AA/AE and Aeropostal flights to the island. Hopefully the start the routes soon, so I can avoid going thru CCS (which I hate will all my guts)!!!


User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1890 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2981 times:

Quoting Charlipr (Reply 7):
Honestly, I do not know the status of either AA/AE and Aeropostal flights to the island.

I've neither heard anything on this. I hear the same rumor you did (AA from MIA and AE from SJU) but haven't seen any movements or intentions.

Regarding Aeropostal, well... I will NEVER believe anything they say until I see the first aircraft landing at their proposed destination. They haven't been having a good performance on their CCS-MDE route, therefore I think risking on a PMV-MIA route, is quite risky since they don't know the market and would be the first airline to attempt this service for a long time, I believe.

Quoting Charlipr (Reply 7):
Hopefully the start the routes soon, so I can avoid going thru CCS (which I hate will all my guts)!!!

Haha, I understand your hate towards CCS. When I flew to PMV last week, there were these American people coming from MIA on a AA flight who had to change from the International to the National terminal. They were not-so-good treated by the baggage carrier guy and then, checking in at Aserca Airlines' desk, they figured out that their flight had been suspended, and that they'd have to fly with LASER one hour later...

Anyhow, you can come whenever you want  Wink

Quoting Charlipr (Reply 7):
My favorite beach is Playa del Agua.

Have you been to Playa Parguito, Playa Caribe and Playa Guacuco??? Those are the best for me!

Quoting Charlipr (Reply 7):
Hope to see ya all down there sometime!!!

You just set the dates, and I'll be glad to meet!

Cheers



Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
User currently offlineEDGAREN From Venezuela, joined Feb 2006, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

Hey 797 good reports and pictures..you were so lucky to see first choice and condor at a glance since it's too difficult due to its schedules, believe me I lived there and it was hard to photograph all the charters together... good to know that the renovation programme is going as scheduled...Take care man and keep up the good work.

Saludos, Edgar.


User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1890 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2826 times:

Quoting EDGAREN (Reply 9):
you were so lucky to see first choice and condor at a glance

Haha, tell me about it!

When I got to the airport, I saw the First Choice aircraft first, but then I noticed that there was another knida big tail behind it and it was when I realized that it was another 767, Condor this time! I was going mad!

I can't wait to go back to the island, everything's so cool there!

Saludos mi pana!



Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2003 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2804 times:

Someone knows the 727 behind the Condor 767 ?

Quoting 797 (Reply 10):
I can't wait to go back to the island, everything's so cool there!

You are so right !


User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5919 posts, RR: 40
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2725 times:

Quoting EDGAREN (Reply 9):
I lived there and it was hard to photograph all the charters together...

sunday afternoon it is not so dificult.... saw last time I was there sunday afternoon a loved condor plane that carried me last year fra-yvr-fra, a Air
Finnland 757 and the CzechAirlines A310....

greets from Vargas



Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8924 posts, RR: 40
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2719 times:

That looks sweet!! I wonder what they do wit these little airport models once they are built. . . I would love to get one Big grin Big grin

Btw, one is for our law specialists- did the airport have to get permission from the airlines to use their corporate brand in the aircraft models? I'd figure free publicity. . . who cares, but technically?

Cheers



"If goods do not cross borders, soldiers will" - Frederic Bastiat
User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1890 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2702 times:

Quoting PPVRA (Reply 13):
Btw, one is for our law specialists- did the airport have to get permission from the airlines to use their corporate brand in the aircraft models? I'd figure free publicity. . . who cares, but technically?

Haha, good point!
Honestly I don't think that Neos and Northwest gave their permission to be exhibited there... Also, what about the copyright violation on the modification of the AZ 777 Big grin



Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3225 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2583 times:

Great report. It seems as though PMV is developing into a major Caribbean airport. This will augur well for its tourist industry.

One wonders whether BW may attempt to fly there - they have never done so (all the same they stopped CCS about 4 years ago too). Services to POS are available with Aeropostal, Avior and Rutaca, the latter two also serving TAB.

TrinToCan.



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User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2003 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2451 times:

Quoting Trintocan (Reply 15):
Services to POS are available with Aeropostal, Avior and Rutaca, the latter two also serving TAB.

This is not 100% correct. Aeropostal does not operate any more. But Avior offer daily Beach 1900 AND on three days two 737 services. Rutaca operates some 737 flights and Conviasa operates a daily flight. So this might really be a market for BW to step in. Especially when it comes to tourists out of POS. And: a TAB service would be nice to have as well. There used to be a flight with Aerotuy some years ago PMV-TAB for daytrips to TAB.

Quoting Trintocan (Reply 15):
Great report. It seems as though PMV is developing into a major Caribbean airport.

Hope to see flights to the US soon.


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