El Dorado International Airport
Zyscovich, under an independent contract with the airport operator, developed the design and produced construction documents for the new 1,829,864 SF, 32-gate El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia.
In addition to improving the intrinsic limitations of renovating a terminal that was designed and built more than 50 years ago, the new solution substantially enhances the passenger experience, the Terminal’s commercial and logistical aspects, and provides more efficient hub operation.
The new facility, which sits on a 30-acre site, increased the airport capacity to 27 million passengers per year and included separate international and domestic gates with commercial and duty-free areas, immigration facilities, offices, and airline support spaces and independent landside services such as car rental facilities.
The Terminal comprises three main levels: baggage claim is on the ground level, level two is for arrivals, and level three is for departures. Levels four and five are much smaller than the overall building footprint, have direct access to the terminal levels below, and provide private office space for the airport and airline-affiliated companies. Because of its location on the northern tip of South America near the equator in Bogotá, the international hub is uniquely well-situated to provide service to North, South, and Central America as well as Europe.
With more international to international connections than any other airport in the region, enhanced security measures were a top priority. The Terminal features ticket counters, check-in kiosks, passport control, and 32 gates: ten for international flights, 17 for domestic flights, and five swing gates.