ogre727
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Maiquetia Question

Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:11 pm

In December I will be travelling to Venezuela. My final destination will be MRD. A question for the Venezuelan memebers: has the connection between the international and national terminal been finished? How safe is it to go from one terminal to the other?

Other question, is there any sort of tax when taking national flights? international? how expensive is it?
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edgaren
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Mon Oct 22, 2007 5:44 am

Hi Ogre727, how cool you're coming to Venezuela in december!...the connecting tunnel linking the domestic and international terminal is not yet finished I think (maybe some other local anetter can tell u for sure) ,regarding your concern about walking between both terminal I'd say is somewhat safe as long as u use common sense : dont talk to strangers and dont accept help from anyone unless the person has a visible identification, I mean I've done that before and so far I havent faced any inconveniences( lots of people do it on a daily basis), I'm assuming you're arriving on AF mid afternoon flight during the daylight because other than that I wouldnt recommend u to walk after sunset. There is a tax u will have to pay when checking in for your MRD flight. The domestic tax rate is 18.816 VB that is 8.76 dollars approximately....any other question dont hesitate to ask man!... I hope u have a good time in Merida.


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RE: Maiquetia Question

Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:37 am

I flew from Maiquetia last week, and the connection was not yet opened. There was no sign of activity on the international terminal sign, and somebody familiar with the site told me it has been the case for weeks.

I don't know why it takes so long to finish this work, as the building construction has been finished months ago.
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:16 am

Quoting Edgaren (Reply 1):
I'm assuming you're arriving on AF mid afternoon flight during the daylight because other than that I wouldnt recommend u to walk after sunset.

Thank you both,

As a matter of fact, the first part of my trip takes me to SCL, so I actually will be arriving from SCL flight LA 560 I believe. It arrives at 15:20.

In case I end up having to stay overnight at Maiquetia, is the hotel right at the airport any good?
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:00 pm

Quoting Ogre727 (Reply 3):
In case I end up having to stay overnight at Maiquetia, is the hotel right at the airport any good ?

It is like the connection: started a long time ago, but far from being finished !

The nearest hotel I know is the Eurobuilding, but you need a transfer to go there.

Friends of mine used it 2 years ago and were satisfied.
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:05 pm

Quoting Ogre727 (Reply 3):
In case I end up having to stay overnight at Maiquetia, is the hotel right at the airport any good?

Make sure to talk to the hotel so they have the Eurobuilding driver on standby after your arrival. My wife stayed at the Eurobuilding a few months back, and she said that if she had not called the hotel to get a driver/car description she probably would have gone with some taxi driver claiming he was from the hotel and probably would have finished mugged somewhere. It is good you are arriving and going to the hotel in daylight. The hotel vans get assaulted every once in a while per the hotel van driver that picked-up my wife on her trip there.
 
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:15 pm

Visiting Venezuela is so exciting...
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:31 pm

Quoting Lamedianaranja (Reply 6):
Visiting Venezuela is so exciting...

I only wish the connection between terminals were opened. Is the flight into MRD as exciting as I remember it?
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Mon Oct 22, 2007 10:41 pm

Quoting Ogre727 (Reply 7):
I only wish the connection between terminals were opened. Is the flight into MRD as exciting as I remember it?

Hello Ogre727!. Well Venezuela has so much things to offer but the connection bridge between both terminals is not one of them (YET). I think it will take three more months from now to finish it (At the beginning they were saying that it was going to be finished on August but as you can see we are still waiting). About the transfer from the international gates to the national ones you should take the advise from Edgaren about the common sense when you walk on the sidewalk. The nearest hotel is the Eurobuilding but there is also the Ole Caribe Hotel which is in Macuto (A town near CCS) which is really good. The MRD flights are still daylight flights and all of them are flown in Turboprops. The approach is still fantastic. I've hear that you're traveling from SCL with LA (I took that flight a week ago and it was perfect), so you should arrive without any problems, the only thing that you should be aware is that the Immigration line could be a little bit crowded at that time but don't worry about that right now. Take care man, have a nice trip and enjoy all the treasures that our beloved country has to offer.

Saludos desde la ciudad de Caracas.

Tavo
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:53 am

Thank you all for your comments. I might do a trip report and tell you all about it.
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Fabi727
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:07 pm

I came back from Caracas last saturday, the eurobuilding" maiquetia" is good but book in advance as is always full
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Maracucho85
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:19 am

Hey all!!

It's always great to see A.netters visiting our country!
Yes, as previously said, the connecting bridge isn't finished yet. I actually saw pictures of the inside and it looks 100% done; God knows why it still hasn't been opened. It could be days, or even months as Gustavo said.

In my opinion, you shall not be afraid about walking from one terminal to the other. Of course, you will definitely be approached by several "helpers" and "money changers" but you can just refuse their services (If they see you say it in spanish they will go away faster haha) and just walk away to the NT.

Regarding the hotel, I would certainly recommend the Eurobuilding, although I haven't stayed in it. And yes, it can and it will be completely booked by the time you arrive (since it's pretty much the only option close to the Terminal), so as Fabi727 said, you shall make reservations in advance (Rooms are somewhat expensive at around $225). You can call and if you want, check availability at their page: www.hoteleuroexpress.com (it's in spanish but just click Reservaciones at the top)

We sure hope to hear about your trip and maybe read some trip report!!!

Should you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask us!!

Best regards from Venezuela,

Alberto
 
797
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:41 pm

Hey Ogre, long time without talking!

So cool you're coming down here, I'm 100% sure you'll love it.

Quoting Ogre727 (Thread starter):
has the connection between the international and national terminal been finished? How safe is it to go from one terminal to the other?

Finished? Yes. Opened? No. Here in Venezuela things are like that. Maybe a light bulb hasn't been intalled, thus the inexplicable situation. But don't worry, when I go spotting down there I walk several times through both terminals and there's no danger. Usually the "bag boys" help you with their cart to take your luggage on the uncomfy walk you have to take. I'd recommend you choose onw of them in the baggage claim area. If you go with them, then no one else will approach and bother you outside.

Quoting Ogre727 (Thread starter):
Other question, is there any sort of tax when taking national flights? international? how expensive is it?

Yes, the domestic tax is pretty cheap. With 20.000Bs. you'll be more than ok.

Quoting Ogre727 (Reply 3):
is the hotel right at the airport any good?

As far as I know, it's the best option down there. However, if you arrive at 14.00 and leave the next day I would strongly recommend you to come up to Caracas and stay in one of the many good hotels we've got to offer... You could go out for dinner and then go back to sleep. Several hotels offer shuttles down to the airport, so you shouldn't worry about that.
If you're no interested in coming up to Caracas, then yes... book a room at the Eurobuilding, as it's the best and most comfy option.
As cybergus said, you could also check out the Ole Caribe... AZ and LH crew stay there, so might be fun after all.

Quoting Lamedianaranja (Reply 6):
Visiting Venezuela is so exciting...

Indeed it is. I'm not sure if this is an ironic post, but a friend of mine from Italy just came to visit for 1st time and fell IN LOVE with the country. Venezuela is a magnificent place, a country I feel in love with despite its many problems. I feel proud of what I've got.

Cheers!
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:35 pm

Quoting 797 (Reply 12):
I'm not sure if this is an ironic post

YES!
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797
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:04 pm

Quoting Lamedianaranja (Reply 13):
YES!

Then I'd assume you haven't been here for a long time... I bet you're in the other side of the planet, because Venezuela right now, despite its problems is a wonderful place full of EXCITING things.

I'd recommend you to come here... that way those ironic posts you usually put about Venezuela can stop bothering people... me included.

With Chavez and without him, Venezuela is the same. Caracas is the same.

Saludos-
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:09 pm

Quoting Lamedianaranja (Reply 13):
YES!

Ok I'm really not going to start a fight about your comments in this thread. If you want so just PM. But WTF is wrong with you...If you're not proud of Venezuela then why do you have our flag in your nickname? You should be ashamed of yourself. As 797 said Venezuela is a country that has EVERYTHING...from snowy peaks to wonderful beaches.

So the next time that you open your mouth to talk about "your" country (Which indeed i don't think that you're part of!) please be careful about the things that you are saying because your ironic comments don't make any sense.

Gustavo

[Edited 2007-10-24 14:24:51]
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Fabi727
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:23 pm

I visited Venezuela last week and had a great time.

Ogre727 go and enjoy ,the change of terminal is easy only 5 minutes walk.
 
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:05 am

Thank you all. I will sure do a trip report. I am most interested in taking a video of the landing at MRD, I remember it being a lot of fun (I used to land there on Avensa's 727s when I was young and it was fantastic).

Quoting 797 (Reply 14):

With Chavez and without him, Venezuela is the same. Caracas is the same.



Quoting Cybergus (Reply 15):
Venezuela is a country that has EVERYTHING...from snowy peaks to wonderful beaches.

It is my opinion that one thing that people from Venezuela need is to be more proud of their country, so it is always nice to see people who despite the circumstances still recognize that it is and will remain a wonderful place.

Any info on how much the international tax is?
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lamedianaranja
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Thu Oct 25, 2007 10:07 am

Quoting 797 (Reply 14):
you haven't been here for a long time...

August.

If one can't make a joke about if it's safe or not for a tourist to walk from one terminal to another, I'd think the problem Venezuelans have is not with security but with their sense of humor. Lighten up, guys!

Quoting Cybergus (Reply 15):
"your" country (Which indeed i don't think that you're part of!)

Everybody in my house was born there, including the dog, but me. I just lived and loved it for more than half of my life. That doesn't mean I'm blind to the shortcomings and not allowed to make an ironic post every once in a while, I believe.
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797
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:36 pm

Quoting Ogre727 (Reply 17):
Any info on how much the international tax is?

If you've bought your ticket already then you don't have to worry about this. It is usually within the ticket's price. If not, I saw the price is 99.000Bs.

Quoting Lamedianaranja (Reply 18):
I'd think the problem Venezuelans have is not with security but with their sense of humor. Lighten up, guys!



Quoting Lamedianaranja (Reply 18):
That doesn't mean I'm blind to the shortcomings and not allowed to make an ironic post every once in a while, I believe.

Sense of humour? If you don't remember Venezuelans make jokes about everything they come against. I myself am really happy all day long and joke about anything I think of; but one thing that vexes me is people that leave the country and then talk bad about it. You're not here to have the chance of un-promoting the stuff that happens here. For me Venezuela is a beautiful place that is being destroyed by its people... like you. Please stop doing it. Keep your bashing 'ironic posts' to yourself and use them in... war stuff...
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:13 pm

Guys guys,

Easy boys, keep it calm.... Medianaranja was making a funny comment, that's all. We all know the fact that it is very easy to get mugged/robbed/kidnapped on your way to/from the airport or while being in some areas like: parking lot, sidewalk between terminals.

Venezuela is the best country in the world, indeed, our culture is the best, our natural resources, etc. Nonetheless, we live right now in a very precarious situation which has led to intolerance of thought and is turning venezuelans against each other live WE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE, so guys let's not take this intolerance from the streets to here, our beloved aviation forum.

Saludos desde Monterrey,
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RE: Maiquetia Question

Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:48 pm

Quoting Luisde8cd (Reply 20):
so guys let's not take this intolerance from the streets to here, our beloved aviation forum.

Amen to that.

I may not agree with a vision of the situation but rest assured your opinions will be respected.

Best regards from Venezuela,

Alberto

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