Consejos para Viajeros (XII). Aeropuerto (Saliendo de Khabarovsk) – Advice for Travelers (XII). Airport (Leaving Khabarovsk)


El terminal nacional del aeropuerto es el más grande y concurrido de Khabarovsk, por lo que la mayoría de los taxis os llevarán a él si no decís otra cosa. La entrada la parking es de pago, aunque 15 minutos son gratis por lo que no habrá problemas con el taxi. El terminal nacional cuenta con unas pocas tiendas de recuerdos locales (matrioshkas, imanes de nevera, cucharas y multitud de otro tipo de souvenirs baratos) y un par de sitios sencillos donde comer algo (nada especial, pero mata el hambre).

El terminal “business” es como una broma, una zona con otra puerta de entrada, en donde podemos esperar en sillones, en lugar de sillas. Y, esencialmente, poca diferencia más hay. Lo verdaderamente radical es que te atienden sin colas, y esperas sentado a que te den la tarjeta de embarque y que te recojan las maletas en mano. Un pequeño bar (de pago, qué te creías, que aquí el business no es gratis como en el resto del mundo) permite tomarse algunas bebidas y algún aperitivo. No hay posibilidad de ir y volver al terminal turista para comprar recuerdos u otra comida o bebida salvo andando unos 100 metros fuera del terminal (lo que en invierno no es divertido). La única ventaja es que la cola del control de equipaje es ínfima y que te llevan en un autobús aparte al avión, en el último momento.

El terminal internacional está situado a unos 400 metros al noreste del doméstico. Es muy pequeño y algo confuso porque no hay más que un monitor y ninguna indicación más. Primero se pasa el control de pasaportes, luego un control de maletas y finalmente se hace el check in. Después se pasa al control de aduanas y de nuevo otro control de equipaje de mano. Apenas tiene una tienda y un bar una vez pasado el control y otra tienda y bar antes, que permanecen cerrados muchas veces. La zona de aparcamiento es totalmente gratis, por lo que también se puede usar en verano para la recogida de personas del terminal nacional, si no les importa caminar un poquito.

En Khabarovsk es habitual esperar largas colas para facturar y para cruzar el control de embarque. Así que armaos de paciencia.

Además, no os sorprendáis porque en toda Rusia es normal que os hagan pasar por un control de arco (incluido escanear maletas) nada más entrar al aeropuerto. Por lo tanto lo haréis dos veces, al entrar al aeropuerto y al cruzar el control de embarque.

IMG_2380The airport domestic terminal is the largest and most crowded of Khabarovsk, so most of the taxis will take you there if you do not say anything. There is a fee for the parking, though 15 minutes are free, so there will not be any problem with taxis. The domestic terminal has few souvenir shops (matrioshkas, magnets, spoons and many other check souvenirs) and a couple of simple places to eat something (nothing special, but enough to keep going).

The “business” terminal is just a joke, a place with a different entrance door, where we can wait in armchairs instead of chairs. And, essentially, there are just little differences. The main one is that you get attended without queues and you can wait seated until you get the boarding pass and the luggage is hand-collected. A little bar (paid, of course, here business does not mean free like in the rest of the world) serves some drinks and few snacks. There is no chance to buy souvenirs but walking 100 meters outside to the domestic terminal (which is not fun in winter). The only advantage is that the luggage control queue is almost non-existent that there is a bus taking you to the plane in the last moment.

The international terminal is located at some 400 meters north-east of the domestic one. It is very small and somewhat confusing as there is only one monitor and no further indications. First, you need to do passport control, then another luggage control and finally you can do the check in. Later on there is a border control and again another hand luggage control. It only has one shop and one bar before the control and the same after, being close many times. The parking place is free, which means that can be also used in summer for picking up people from the national if they do not mind to walk a little distance.

In Khabarovsk, it is very common to have to wait for long in queues for checking in and to cross the boarding control. So, you have to have a lot of patience.

Besides, do not be surprised about this: in Russia it is normal that you have to go through an arc control (including luggage scan) right after entering the airport. So, this means that you will end up doing it twice, when entering to the airport and right after the boarding control.

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2 Responses to Consejos para Viajeros (XII). Aeropuerto (Saliendo de Khabarovsk) – Advice for Travelers (XII). Airport (Leaving Khabarovsk)

  1. This security over security is a russian gov answer to a kaukasus terrorism… But as usual its just a imitation of security… All this security points collect people in a lines and terrorists can use the as a targets. This is happened this way on a train station in central russia.

    • I agree with you in the sense that this security is not providing for much additional safety, but I prefer something than nothing. What I do not like is that I get always asked about my tripod, while there are people carrying many bags and they never say anything to them.

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