Caracas Airport – Venezuela’s Best Airport
Serving Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, the Caracas Airport is better known as Simón Bolívar International Airport and also referred as Maiquetía Simón Bolívar International Airport. It is located at a distance of 21 km from the city center and is currently owned and operated by Instituto Autónomo del Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetía. It is one of the 12 international airports in the country and serves an important international air passenger gateway. The airport has 2 asphalt runways which measures 3,610 meters and 3,270 meters and serves as a hub for Conviasa, LASER Airlines, Aeropostal, Aserca Airlines and Transcarga. A public airport, Simón Bolívar International Airport is also simply known as Maiquetía and is it at an elevation of 72 meters above mean sea level. The airport has 2 terminals and in 2014, the airport recorded 2117,822,225 passenger movements.
Earlier known as Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetía, services began in 1945 and until 1980’ the airport majorly served as a supersonic airliner Concorde for Anglo-French. The airport got its international terminal in 1970’s and the domestic terminal was constructed only in 1980’s. The airport is currently being renovated and expanded to meet the growing number of passengers. Once the construction work is complete, the airport will be equipped with new international gates, more parking space, improved passenger terminals, refurbished immigration area and more facilities for departing as well as arriving passengers.
Aerolíne as Argentinas, Aeropostal, Air France, American Airlines, Avianca Peru, Avior Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Copa Airlines, Cubana de Aviación, Dynamic Airways, Gol Transportes Aéreos, Insel Air Aruba, LASER Airlines, Línea Turística Aereotuy, SBA Airlines, TAP Portugal and Venezolana are among the major airline companies that operate domestic as well as passenger services to and from the Simón Bolívar International Airport. ABSA Cargo Airline, ABX Air, Amerijet, Atlas Air, Centurion Air Cargo, Cielos del Peru, DHL Aviation, Mas Air, LAN Cargo, LANCO, Star Airways, Southern Air, Tampa Cargo and Vensecar Internacional and Venezolana Servicios Express are the cargo airline operating from this airport.
The Simón Bolívar International Airport is one of the largest and busiest airports in the country and in spite of offering some great services and adhering to strict security measures; the airport has still not received any aviation related award.
Routes and Destinations
Mexico, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Aruba, Port of Spain, Panama City, Miami, Lima, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, Lisbon, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Porlamar, Puerto Ordaz, Maracaibo, Maturín and Santo Domingo are among the major international as well as domestic destinations that can be directly reached from the Simón Bolívar International Airport.
Why Fly Through This Airport
How to Check-in
Online check-in is the most convenient and best option for those passengers who do not want to waste their time standing in queues at the airport. Generally online option is available from 24 hours up to 1 hour before departure and can be done from anywhere. At the Simón Bolívar International Airport, many check-in counters are also located where you can easily check-in. Please note that the airline may have different rule as far as check-in time is concerned, but passengers are advised to report a minimum of 1 hour before travel when travelling to domestic route or 2 hours when travelling international. Contact your airline for more details.
The limit of baggage allowance varies from one airline to the other. As general standard, followed by most of the airlines, passengers can carry 1 bag not exceeding 12 kg along with a personal bag as hand luggage. As far as the limit for checked-in baggage goes, passengers should not carry any bag which exceeds 32 kg in weight. The weight allotment along with number of bags one can check-in may increase of decrease based on the class as well as route of travel. Charges are applicable when travelling with excess baggage. You can either pre book your luggage online (during online check-in at a subsidized rate) or at the Simón Bolívar International Airport (charges are comparatively higher).
To get a confirmed seat of your choice on the flights, the best and sure shot way is to pre select the seat of your choice, an option which is offered by most of the airline flying from the Simón Bolívar International Airport. It can be done during online check-in and a small service fee is levied. At the airport, seats are allotted at first come first serve basis and are subject to availability.
To get the exact details on booking charges (when booked your ticket online) and rules regarding cancellation or modification of your flight reservation, make sure you speak to your airline directly as every airline may have a different policy regarding the same. For the convenience of the passengers, most of the airline offers the option of online flight reservation, which can be done from the comfort of your home by paying a small service charge. Tickets can also be purchased (without any surcharge) at the airline counter at the airport or from the authorized airline office in your city.