Caracas Maiquetia (CCS) Airport

Caracas Maiquetia CCS Airport Overview

Caracas Maiquetia International Airport CCS ('Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetia Simon Bolivar') is Venezuela's major Airport, located in the State of Vargas and serving its capital city of Caracas & surrounding areas.  It is gateway to famed Angel Falls (Salto Angel). Maiquetia - operated by state-owned IAIM  - has experienced  rapid increase in passengers in each of the years starting with 2005 through 2013 - which came to a sudden halt in 2014.
Maiquetia Airport is situated near the interchange of motorway 2 (Autopista Caracas-LaGuaira) and Avenida La Armada, and is 16 miles north of the city of Caracas.  It is accessible via the Autopista Norte-Sur from the east, or Avenida Aeropuerto from the west.

With an average of over 10 million passengers yearly, Caracas Maiquetia Airport  is served by as host of domestic and international airlines offering flights to cities throughout Venezuela, the Americas, and to Europe. Maiquetia is also hub to national carriers Conviasa, Aeropostal and Aserca.

1. The Airport charges a departure tax, a national airport tax & a $20 tax for 'breathing clean air' (resulting from upgrades to the airflow system) .
2. While the current Airport site is nearly covered by the photo of the President (which cannot be closed) the few news articles in English gathered in early 2015 reveal the following:
   (a) In August 2014 it was reported that due to runaway inflation in Colombia, the amount of travelers have been reduced to a trickle, many stores in the terminal have closed, some major airlines ceased service, and the new terminal was mostly deserted (while the year before there was bumper-to-bumper passenger traffic). 
   (b) In November 2014 it was revealed that the Central Bank of Venezuela established a new exchange rate for foreign visitors, in an attempt to prevent tourists from selling dollars on the black market. Incoming tourists can buy bolivars and load them onto special cards for use in cash & card machines. Upon leaving the country they will be able to buy back up to 25 percent of their dollars sold.

On-Airport Hilton Hotel located opposite International Arrivals offers conference facilities.

The passenger terminal complex at Caracas Maiquetia Airport consists of  three terminals - International, Domestic, and Commuter Terminal. While the Terminals  are linked by a pedestrian walkway, they are also served by a free shuttle bus.
For assistance, the domestic terminals can be reached at 303.1403/ or 08;  the International terminal can be reached at 303.1526/ or 27, 28, 50, 81, 82.
International & Domestic terminals have undergone recent renovations (new aerobridges, 2 new boarding gates, runway & taxiway rehabilitation and a new long-term Parking Garage), and are modern and airy. 
Work ontinues on escalator replacement, apron renovation & remote apron construction, as well as on airport roads, and making the Airport surroundings more greener & inviting.
The color designs on the floor and on some walls in the Terminals are the creation of noted Venezuelan plastic artist Cruz Diez.
Services and amenities:
Information desks are serving passengers in the International Terminal (Tel: 0212 303 1526) and the Domestic Terminal (Tel: 0212 303 1403).
Foreign exchange, ATM machines, postal and telecommunication services are located in both terminals; while the Domestic Terminal also offers an express courier service; pay phones & IDD, a variety of eateries and shops, left-luggage and medical services, and in the International Terminal a duty-free shop, a pharmacy, some travel agencies & tour operators.
Executive lounges include: the Simon Bolivar (2d floor--Domestic) and Venezuela Lounge, American Airlines Admiral Club and United-Iberia (2d floor--International). 

Parking options at Caracas Maiquetia Airport include short- and long-term carparks in front of both terminals, and open year-round.

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