Hello everyone, this time I'd like to share another domestic flight I took with Avianca last year. I had spent the weekend with some friends in Santa Marta, a beach city in Colombia's caribbean. In order to make the most of our weekend, we took the first flight back to Bogotá on Monday morning.
Santa Marta's Simon Bolivar International Airport is quite dated, it is to be demolished and built again soon. It has a nice feature, it is just by the sea and the breeze reaches the open air spaces. I reckon it must be hell when there's no breeze.
Check in was quick, and soon we were off to our gate (it's basically like all small airports in Colombia: a Gate for AV and another one for LAN) There were some overpriced mediocre stores…we didn't want to buy anything there, and just waited for boarding to be called.
Boarding order wasn't enforced, thus a big mess formed up. Classic AV.
Once inside, the morning light was upon us…showing us the majestic Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta (Colombia's highest mountains)
The Airbus A319 that was going to take us to Bogotá is a former Mexicana plane…I recently read it left AV's fleet. I don't mind flying this plane on short domestic hops…but I would have felt ripped off if flown to IAD or SCL in one of these.
On the good side, these planes have awesome legroom. I find AV's narrowbodies to be more confortable than the widebodies (more on this soon)
SMR's terminal and ATC tower.
Taxi took us through SMRs single runway, we backtracked and soon took off northbound, allowing for nice views of the city. Then a sharp turn southward and then it was a regular domestic flight to Bogotá. Service consisted in the usual juicebox. And that was it.
After arriving, we headed to the apartment and I soon felt sick, it turned out I had contracted chikungunya while in Santa Marta…just when I was to begin my new job, figure my bad luck!
Santa Marta - SMR
Bogota - BOG
Overall, another regular AV flight. The views while taking off from Santa Marta and arriving to Bogotá were great. The plane was very comfortable for a domestic flight, but the old style IFE wouldn't please me on a flight longer than 2hours.
SMR is a dump, but then again that's true of most airports in Colombia...
BOG's Puente Aéreo Terminal is practical, nothing fancy.
Thanks for reading,
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