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!
Photo © Enrique Perrella
It was a very attractive flight for obvious reasons! The service and flight was great (open bar   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:
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:
Behind that door is the current baggage claim area:
Views of the Terminal:
Future Arrivals Zone:
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:
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:
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? ) Here it is:
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!