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.  Due to the high number of added flights in the past 6 months of 2014, a new pier (Concourse) is under construction to accommodate additional flights.

The Habitel Hotel - located 600 meters from the Airport (less than 20 minutes from downtown Bogota), has received great reviews & raves about its service. For more information visit:  hotelhabitel.com/default-en.html or e-mail info@hotelhabitel.com
 
NOTE: 
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: http://200.21.190.51:1034/pqr/
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 includes at present  the two new passenger terminals T1 & T2 - soon to be integrated into one integrated terminal - and the privately-owned Puente Aereo Terminal.   Both T1 & 2 together cover an area of 1.9 million sq.feet, have 64 check-in counters, 45 immigration lanes, a high-tech baggage conveyor system, offer natural light, and are able to handle up to 30M passengers per annum.  At both T1 & T2,  airlines can now use the new common-use check-in and transfer counters, while passengers may use self-service check-in kiosks.
The Puente Aereo Terminal (tel. 425-1000 ext. 3218), has 14 gates, and an airline lounge and is one kilometer from Terminal 1- served by a free shuttle bus. Avianca Airlines recently shifted its operations to the new Domestic Terminal 1, while in exchange, some smaller domestic airlines moved into the Puente Aero terminal.

Domestic Terminal 1
partially opened in 2013 and was completed in 2014. It sports an innovative baggage system able to process up to 7,200 bags an hour. The ground level is for Arrivals and includes the baggage claim area with 7 baggage conveyor belts and information counters; level 1 has 60 airline counters for ticketing and check-in, and 5 security checks leading to the gates with nine boarding bridges. T1 has a healthcare branch of the Fontibon Hospital, and a large area for food & drink & shops. 

New International Terminal : At T2, an elevated road will take international departing passengers to level 3. T2 offers a state-of-the-art baggage system, is air-cooled to a steady 72 degree Fahrenheit, and offers a more modern, spacious & efficient environment.
T2's five levels will offer an array of shops & restaurants, including tax-free shops, 5 VIP lounges for LAN & TAM Premium & Premium Economy passengers, waiting rooms, and more emigration counters, waiting rooms, and moving walkways. NOTE:  Starting May 2015 until 2017 - T2 is undergoing expansion work.
    Level 1of  T2 is the Arrivals level with baggage reclaim; a commercial area, a remote waiting hall, and offices.
    Level 2 of T2 houses the arrivals gallery, immigration and transfer points
    Level 3 of T2 houses the public departures hall for passengers departing the country; the check-in area; commercial areas; security checkpoints, emigration & waiting areas.
    Level 4 of T2 is the Mezzanine level and houses public commercial area, administrative offices & international VIP lounges.
    Level 5 of T2 houses more office administration and an observation area.
Parking is available in shaded, semi-shaded & exposed areas of the large parking lot surrounding the terminal complex. 
Rental car offices are located in both Terminals 1 & 2 and can be contacted at 6090019.

Note:
1. Recent Yanhaas Market Research found that 88 percent of travelers questioned expressed a positively about the Airport due to its upgrade works.
2. The National Parks of Colombia shop opened a new store with over 350 items from 58 nationally protected areas.

Present & future Airport Developments:  Opain - the Airport Operator - decided to expand the existing airport, and also announced that by 2021, Bogota will have a second airport:
    1. Both the Government & Opain signed a contract for the expansion of the international terminal - to be done in five phases with new lounge, commercial space and aircraft parking positions. Starting May 2015, the extension work will tentatively take two years for completion.  Operations will also increase from 50 to 90 per hour.
    2. The future 'Eldorado Eldorado II' airport would be connected by commuter train with  to Bogota's west & south. Design studies will be conducted until 2017.


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