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Bogota El Nuevo Dorado (BOG) Airport

Bogota El Nuevo Dorado BOG Airport Overview

Bogota El Dorado International Airport BOG serves the greater area of the City of Bogota, in Colombia. It is South America's third-largest airport in terms of passenger traffic, and 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 23 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.
 
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.

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 privately-owned Puente Aereo Terminal and its  two new passenger terminals - T1 & T2.  All international flights depart fromTerminal 2.  At 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. It handles mainly domestic Avianca & SAM (its subsidiary) flights, as well as some flights to New York and Miami. T1 & the Puente Aereo terminals are one kilometer apart, served by a free shuttle bus.)

Domestic Terminal 1 - opened in part in October 2013
(replacing the old El Dorado Terminal) - and completed by Spring 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. 

International Terminal 2 opened in part in 2012, but to be completed by July 2014. Thereafter - according to original plans - it should merge with Terminal 1 into an integrated single terminal with domestic & international air traffic.  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 increased considerably  emigration counters, waiting rooms, and moving walkways.
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 options at Bogota Airport include parking in shaded, semi-shaded and 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.

Present & future Airport Developments:  Some time after July 2014,  Terminals 1 & 2 may be merged into one integrated terminal. It is not clear if the Puente Aereo Terminal will be used for its current purpose.
A newly acquired airport space from the Military may be used for another new passenger terminal to accommodate up to 30M passengers a year, and for possibly adding on-Airport hotel(s).
 


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