Bogota El Nuevo Dorado (BOG) Airport

Bogota El Nuevo Dorado BOG Airport Overview

Bogota El Dorado International Airport BOG - now a 4-Star Airport - serves the greater area of the City of Bogota, in Colombia, and is South America's third-largest airport in terms of passenger traffic.  It also has the world's third-largest landing field with 6.9 square km for any type of aircraft. Half of the Airport's air traffic is derived from international flights. BOG Airport has experienced tremendous and consistent passenger growth and its passenger count has more than doubled in the last decade.

Opaine S.A. is the official operator of the airport  (tel. + 57 (1) 439 70 70).
With the opening of the two new terminals El Dorado Airport is now one of the World's leading airports. Big way-finding signs inside the terminals are in both Spanish & English. 

BOG Airport is 15 km northwest from the city center of Bogota - accessible from downtown Bogota via motorway Avenida El Dorado 26. 
The city of Bogota has a rich history and culture, friendly people and a great landscape surrounding it. Two national parks are within a short drive from the Airport: Chingaza to the East and Sumapaz to the South.

With two very long runways and an estimated 26 million passengers per annum, Bogota El Dorado International is hub to flag carrier Avianca, and to Copa Colombia & Lan Colombia, and is served by numerous international airlines - including currently American, Delta & United - offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. 

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1. Arrive at the El Dorado terminals 3 hours prior to scheduled international flights, and 2 hours for scheduled domestic flights.
2. The exit tax for international travelers
is approximately $36; there is an extra revenue stamp charge if staying in Colombia more than two months.
3. For online inquiries use the form provided in both Spanish & English at:
4. The Airport fee is $36, payable (if not included in ticket) before departure to the U.S.

Passengers to/from the United States: 
Airport Security check is courteous, but very thorough - arrive at least 2.5 hrs, if not 3 hours before scheduled flight as you will pass a few searches along your way to boarding, and the lines can be long - be prepared and keep your cool. 
Transfer Passengers:  When transferring between the Puente Aerea and Terminals T1 or T2 - and time is of the essence - take a taxi; otherwise take the free shuttle bus, which may take a while to come around; the actual trip takes only 10 minutes.
International Arrivals at Terminal 2 need to go through DAS immigration check  (equivalent of U.S. TAS) , stating their reason for their trip & present boarding pass and passport, vaccination certificate & visas (which they should put safely away right thereafter). Then passengers pick up their bags in the baggage area, pay their fees, and hand in their completed customs form. Finally passengers go through another security check with their bags. 

The passenger terminal complex at Bogota El Nuevo Dorado Airport has two passenger terminals - the new and integrated Eldorado Terminal - and the privately-owned and much smaller Puente Aero Terminal. The main terminal is the new Eldorado Terminal, divided into domestic & international traffic and is used by all airlines serving the Airport - except flights of smaller airlines - which use the privately-owned Puente Aereo Terminal.  Eldorado Terminal airlines can now use the new common-use check-in and transfer counters, while passengers may use new self-service check-in kiosks.
- Recent Yanhaas Market Research found that 88 percent of travelers questioned expressed positively about the Airport due to its upgrade works.
- The National Parks of Colombia shop opened a new store with over 350 items from 58 nationally protected areas.

The new integrated El Dorado Terminal - opened in 2012 with domestic & international terminals - has now a capacity of 30M passengers annually.  It offers natural light, is air-cooled to a steady 72 degree Fahrenheit, and presents a more modern, spacious & efficient environment.  The terminal handles both domestic & international air traffic. It houses 45 immigration lanes, 64 check-in counters, 12 security filters, 45 immigration lanes, a 3-layered security system, large duty-free shopping area, bars & restaurants. The secure area offers plenty of shops, free WiFi access and ample seating. Its efficient automated baggage handling system was the first one in South America to be installed. 
Further expansion work is ongoing until 2017.
     Level 1 is the Arrivals level with baggage reclaim, customs clearance, a commercial area with rental car counters, a remote waiting hall, offices, and outside transportation.
     Level 2 houses the arrivals gallery, immigration and transfer points
     Level 3 houses the public departures hall for passengers departing the country; the check-in area; commercial areas; security checkpoints, emigration and access to the boarding area and departure gates. International departure gates are currently gates 28-52.
    Level 4 is the Mezzanine level and houses public commercial area, administrative offices & international VIP lounges.
    Level 5 houses more office administration and an observation area.
Airport / Airline Lounges (Avianca lounges offer access to priority passs holders) :
   Avianca Sala VIP at New National Terminal, Airside.
   Avianca Sala VIP at New International Terminal, Airside, Level 3, near gate 28.
   Avianca Sala VIP at Puente Aéreo, Airside, Level 2.
   Sala VIP Lan at new International Terminal, Airside, 3rd Floor, in front of Gates 34 - 35.
   Sala Elite Copa Airlines Colombia at National Terminal, Airside, North Wing, between gates 3 & 5.
Parking is available in shaded, semi-shaded & exposed areas of the large parking lot surrounding the terminal complex. 
Rental car offices can be contacted at 6090019.
The privately-owned Puente Aereo Terminal (tel. 425-1000 ext. 3218) now serves a number of smaller airlines. It has a baggage claim, check-in counters, and 2 concourses with gates 7-10 at west, side and gates 1-6 at east side.  Outside is the shuttle to Terminal 2, which is 1 km from the El Dorado Terminal.
Present & future Airport Developments:  Opain - the Airport Operator - decided to further expand the existing airport;  and also announced that by 2021, Bogota will have a second airport*:  Ongoing current terminal work is to expand it by 38 percent and increase flight operations from 50 to 90 per hour..  Airport operator Opain implements a phased project - to be completed by late 2017 - Phase 1 involves demolition of old control tower and construction of an apron with 6 parking positions.  Stage 2 includes construction of added terminal space and more aircraft parking spaces.
* The future 'Eldorado Eldorado II' airport would be connected by commuter train with Bogota's west & south. Design studies will be conducted until 2017.

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