Memories of Casa de Campo: Punta Aguila airport

 

punta aguila airportCasa de Campo has been a steadily growing community for more than 30 years, expanding from little more than a tiny village with 10 houses, to now – a huge thriving community with thousands of part-time and full-time residents and close to 2,000 villas. In this series of articles, we transport you back in time, to give you a glimpse of what life used to be like in the good old days!

Here, ex-Casa de Campo Resident, Carol Burke, who lived in Casa de Campo 12 years ago, shares with us her memories of the Casa de Campo airport.

Casa de Campo’s airfield was located in the center of the golf course from Lago Grill to the end of Punta Aguila.People who lived on Punta Aguila, or on the Teeth of the Doggolf course could fly in to Casa, be met by their household golf carts, and simply drive to their residences in a ‘Casa-de-Campo-minute.’

Dozens of small private planes landed all day long, and people would be able to ride golf carts directly from the runway to the Golf Center for their tee time, or to the Lago Grill for brunch.

American Airlines scheduled an afternoon flight to Miami, Florida daily.The cost of a round-trip ticket to Casa de from Miami in December, 1998 (Christmas season prices) was $464.00 US.In the off seasons it might be half that.

I asked our gardener, Amado, to make a path from our garden through the trees so that I could walk our dog to the sea each day.Amado made a lovely path, and each morning before getting the children up for breakfast and school, Daisy Dandelion andI walked down the path to the Casa de Campo air field, through the crossing gate of the runway, and over to the edge of the Caribbean Sea.

The airport tower staff would sound a bell at the crossing gates whenever there was an incoming or outgoing flight.Golf carts and pedestrians would line up and wait at the openings in the fence to the runway when the alarm bell sounded until the plane landed and taxied back to the airport building, or until it took off.

Occasionally the tower staff didn’t sound the alarm and more than once an airplane almost landed on top of  us as we crossed the runway on foot!

Here is a little slideshow we put together using some of the photos Carol provided us.

Casa de Campo Living would like to say a big thank you to Carol for not only providing these photos, her memories, but also the inspiration for this great new series of articles; if you have any photos or stories of Casa de Campo’s please share them with us, email [email protected]