After a few days visiting the Iguazu Falls, i had another leg until my return to Chile in this trip thru the heart of South America. I had bought a cheap ticket by Gol Linhas Aereas, but was that day departing in the evening to Curitiba, but i wanted to see more of Curitiba than just a morning, so i bought a new ticket (expensive one because i bought it less than two weeks before departure) with Azul. Flying with Azul looked more interesting than Gol, because 1) i never flew before an ATR 72; 2) Azul offers better service than Gol, and 3) to flew domestic in Brazil from an not so known place would be an interesting experience.
So that morning i had to take a two hours trip by bus from Foz do Iguacu to Cascavel. The bus departed at 6 am, and left me around 8am in the road, where i could catch the local bus to the airport, that was not more than 2 km from the road. I was expecting to be lucky enough to catch the local bus, but when i was unloading my bag from the interurban bus, the local bus passed and didnt want to stop because wasnt the marked stop in his route. So after shouting and cursing for my bad luck, i decided to walk to the terminal.
It took me about 20 minutes, carrying my massive bag and stoping a couple of times, to arrive to terminal. Arriving in the not so civilized presentation after such marathon, i went to the counter to check my baggage.
I took this pic from Google Street View (in my situation i forgot to take some pictures)
The Cascavel Airport, is a little one, where you can go from counter to airside in less than 4 minutes (passing security check). The terminal has a little cafeteria and some vendomatic machines. Until we were permitted to go to the boarding room, i had rest, anyways there wasn't much to do or see to kill time.
40 minutes before the scheduled time of departure we were called to make security procedures to go boarding room.
a Cessna Caravan
The view of the city of Cascavel from the boarding room
Our bird dropping the passengers that arrived from Curitiba
Boarding the plane 20 minutes before STD, and we did by the rear door.
Another ATR of Azul arriving from Sao Paulo (Viracopos)
Civil aviation planes in tarmac
The Caravan departed somewhere
View of the passenger terminal of Cascavel
Legroom not so bad, and thanks god, the next seat was free during the flight.
And we started to taxing and we passed the other ATR that was refueling
The take off was smooth, and despite what i had expected the engine, that was next to my window didnt left me deaf :P
Aerial view of Cascavel
View of the countryside in the Parana State
after reaching cruise level, we were offered the snack service that was quite good for a short trip (in similar legs, Gol sell snacks, and TAM offers less than this. Even i asked another soda to the crew after that.
The flight when straight, without problems until 20 minutes before arrival, when descent started and i took some pics with zoom of the so green landscape sorroundings of Curitiba
The Skyline of Curitiba
Welcome to Curitiba
The newly gates of Curitiba Airport waiting to be inaugurated
Actual gates used
A doomed 727 in one extreme of the airport
A Gol 737 from Brasilia
An ERJ of Azul with remembrance of the dead brazilian car pilot Ayrton Senna
a TAM A320
A lot of movement in the Tarmac
We were ferried by bus to the Terminal, and we had to wait 15 minutes until our baggage was released in the carrousel (because we were in remote position).
Cascavel - CAC
Curitiba - CWB
Summarizing, this flight with Azul was quite good (Although a bit expensive, but i know that was my fault buying it close to the time of departure). Good service in flight, and very comfortable plane.
The Cascavel airport is very basic and little, but that helps to make things faster. Curitiba Airport, nothing outstanding but still efficient.
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