Cartagena Rafael Nunez International Airport CTG
third-largest airport (after Bogota & Medellin), serving the City of Cartagena, and its surroundings. It is operated by SACSA, and named after a three-time President.
Due to its location, it is a haven for vacationers who come here to enjoy the sun and the beaches, and who value the charm and friendliness of this City with its colonial architecture of the16th and 17th Centuries, as well as its abundance of night life, hotels and restaurants.
CTG Airport is located in Crespo, part of the Caribbean coastal City of Cartagena de Indias, at the bay of Cienaga de La Virgen. It is accessible via motorway 90 connecting to the Shoreline highway, and is only a 15-minute ride from 'El Centro' which is the old town of Caragena.
With a long runway and an estimated yearly passenger count of 3.6 million, Rafael Nunez Airport is served by a number of domestic and International airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe, and by seasonal flights from Canada, & Europe.
As of January 3, 2017, LATAM airlines will offer a new route to Lima (Peru) with 'four frequencies'.
It is illegal in Colombia to be without ID - carry a copy of your passport on your person when spending time outside the Airport.
The first half of 2016 counted 2.1 million passengers and 4.2M pssengers are aimed for year-end 2016 - mostly due to new airlines and efforts improing connectivity.
The 'new' passenger terminal with 5 airline gates at Catagena Airport
completed its renovation & expansion work. The upgraded terminal is divided into domestic and international sectors, is air-conditioned, and offers restaurants, shops & duty-frees. Its main information desk
is located in the Main Hall of the passenger terminal, in front of the check-in counters, and offers both Domestic & International passengers terminal- & tourist-releated information. A good number of travel agencies are located in the Central Hall of level two.
The Domestic departure area
is able to process 900 passengers per hour, has 8 departure gates, security check, waiting area, commercial zone, retarurants & cafeterias, and a VIP lounge.
The International departure area
is able to process 400 passengers per hour, has 5 departure gates, 10 immigration lanes (one for persons with limited mobility), a waiting area, a commercial zone with duty-free; and cafeteris & restaurants. The five gates have no air bridges, but it's a short walk to the plane. 'Sala VIP' on level 1which joined priority pass, is a pay-in lounge - but free for priority pass members - located at post-security. Aside from a small duty-free shop,
The domestic Arrivals area
has three baggage carousels, an Information/ Tourist counter, and near the exit a new service area for taxis & rental cars.
The international Arrivals area
houses immigration with 1 modules, 3 baggage carousels, a commercial zone with duty-free, restaurant & cafes, as well as currency exchange, taxi- and rental car counters, and a pickup waiting area.
Other services and amenities
in the terminal include medical services, ATMs cash machines, as well as a Terrace located above the Arrivals area with 5 food stands - connected to the interior courtyard. Internet access is free, available in most areas. The Information desks at Arrivals also act as Lost & Found station; CECCA (on level 3) also offers information services. For lost baggage, go to the airline baggage claim at either domestic or international arrivals.
A recent passenger at the Airport noted
that the Airport is clean, but lacks some of the new check-in technology - yet, check-in and international emigration are fast, the international lounge offers free (but slow) WiFi; two cafes (accepting dollars or local currency only), and duty-free, jewellery and souvenir shops. Numerous announcements are too fast & loud to hear, and there is no flight screen. Taxis to the city can take between 30 & 90 minutes, depending on time of day and the driver.