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Inside Havana’s International Airport
Last week I had the opportunity to visit Havana, Cuba for a couple of days as an add-on to my mileage run to Panama for American’s elite fast track promo. I was able to fly roundtrip from Panama to Havana on Copa using miles. Good stuff.
My flight from Panama arrived in Havana at about 1am, so I didn’t have the opportunity to see much of the airport upon arrival. I did notice it was very red though. Thankfully on the way back home I had a little more time to explore the airport before taking off.
In true Cuban style, my ride to the airport was in a very old Russian Lada. The car had almost 400,000 KMs on it, but I noticed the speedometer wasn’t working so who knows what the true number is. I found it interesting that the entire cabin smells of fuel while the car is in motion. Engineering at its best.
Havana’s international airport has three terminals with the vast majority of international flights taking off out of Terminal 3. Built in 1998, terminal 3 is very modern and nice. Of course, it is red. Very red.
The check-in areas are very large and I found that the lines moved very quickly. In short, the departure experience was smooth. Among the amenities outside of security are a couple of snack bars and a currency exchange which is a must in Cuba. There are of course some other things we don’t often see anymore.
After checking in, I began to make my way airside. While I don’t have photos of the immigration and security areas for obvious reasons, I can say they are as red as everything else. The immigration process both coming and going was as easy as I have experienced in any country. Agents were friendly and professional.
Once airside there is a row of shops with a small lounge off to the left. (I didn’t have access!) The main gate area is a large room with plenty of seating and a large snack bar in the middle. The chairs weren’t the most comfortable, but the design was clean and functional. The windows around the terminal don’t have covers, which meant uncomfortable sunlight as the sun came up.
Before long it was time to board my flight. Once again the process went quite smoothly. As I made my way on to the plane I noticed the red color scheme continued to the jetway. I wonder what the significance of red is. 😉
I was pleasantly surprised with the overall modernity and comfort of Terminal 3 at Havana Jose Marti International Airport. Not only is the terminal very functional, but the experience of flying out was far from stressful. As for the red color scheme, well it sort of grew on me after awhile.
What do you think? Is this the reddest airport in the world?
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