The airport is in the middle of an ambitious plan
of expansion and modernization; so now is a very nice airport
with great opportunities offered to passengers "In-Transit". Can
be used as a transfer point based on 24 hour operations, no
noise rules, modern facilities/amenities/Duty Free etc.
Well let me tell you, i was in CCS
this past December, and I took with me 2 friends (an american and a mexican) to visit MY
COUNTRY and I was a shame of Maiquetía´s situation.
They have been expanding and motorizing this airport for more that 3 years, and you can´t really see any mayor improvements.
I arrived with Lacsa on a remote position, getting off a full plane by stairs on a rainy afternoon, having to wait for more that 15 minutes because instead of sending 2 o 3 buses to handle the passenger only one bus to make the turn around. No roof or at least umbrellas to cover passengers, children's and worst of all, infants.
The electrical stair to the terminal of course not fuctioning.
The floor, with the old sixties marble design. i do understand carpet was removed when the Vargas situation, but 4 years has passed from this, can they put new carpet or change that horrible floor.
Flights from south america and Europe arriving at the same time, and only 3 immigration agents to handle hundreds of passengers.
In the baggage claim area no sign what so ever on which band your luggage would be on.
Couple of baggage trolleys to take your luggage to the exit, not even because they are now charging for the service it´s even better. Before there was free and there was hundreds of carts all over the place.
The worst is to come.
Because we were 3 guys traveling together, we were asked by a Guardia Nacional to follow him for a revision. We were asked a bunch of silly questions, like, where we were coming from, why 3 guys from different nationality were traveling together, what was the reason of our trip, the made us open all ours bags they search each item on our bags, made us empty all our pockets and made us show them all the money we were carrying. I was so embarrassed.
They had us there for more than an our and made us loose our connection to PMV.
Getting out, all the harassment from dollar changers and taxis....they act like drug dealers. Pretty scary.
After this, the hassle to get to the National terminal (still raining). We waited for 30 minutes for the inter-terminal bus to arrive and it never came.
Wanted to take an official taxi to take us to the terminal and there was none, except for some Taxi Vans that wanted to charge us 50 thousand Bs. for the ride, same fee as if we were going to CCS
. Even i was the one making the arrangements, they thought i was a PENDEJO.
Well after having a WET arrival at the National Terminal, had to deal with a RUDE Aeropostal agent, wanting to charge us $100 usd to change each ticket and not allowing us to get on VH
next flight to PMV, that was due to depart en half an hour. We explained VH
supervisor all what we went thro, their attitude was IT
´s WASN´t THEIR FAULT. After a loud complaint the accepted us on the flight with no charge.
Our visit to Margarita was wonderful, my friends had a great time, and they loved the people and the island. This made them forget all the trouble we had at MIQ´s airport, until the return, that was not as bad, but very uncomfortable with those GUARDIA NACIONALES that makes a bunch of silly questions and treat you like a criminal or drug dealer, when entering the checkin area. Not even when i´ve visited Cuba i´ve been treated so bad.
It´s a shame we treat our visitors like this.
Sorry to disappoint you Chiguire, but MIQ is a mess.....my friends even told me, that the airports is the worst airport comparing it to similar airports, they have to.
Great to know that PMV will be renew and that jetways will be introduced. Hope they don't take as long as MIQ.
Hope this changes drastically if we want our beloved Venezuela to be a Tourism Potential.
Visit Margarita the pearl of the Caribbean.