Honduran airport reopened for international flights

The Honduran government authorized the immediate reopening of Tegucigalpa's Toncontín airport for flights by large passenger aircraft.

Monday, July 7, 2008

President Manuel Zelaya, who ordered the partial closer of Toncontín in the wake of a recent fatal accident, signed the reopening accord with business leaders who had been calling for it.
But Zelaya's plan to move international flights to the Palmerola military base remains firm. Once a terminal has been constructed and the airport is linked by freeway to Tegucigalpa, Palmerola will begin to handle international flights, while Toncontín will be used only for domestic flights in relatively light aircraft.

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Tegucigalpa airport still not reopened

June 2008

President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras said he has decided to maintain the Toncontín Airport at Tegucigalpa closed to aircraft carrying more than 42 passengers.

He made the decision despite a report from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) saying the runways would be safe for aircraft carrying up to 170 passengers.

ICAO gives green light for re-opening Toncontín airport

June 2008

The preliminary report of the International Civil Aviation Association says that Toncontín airport at Tegucigalpa meets the requirements to operate, with few difficulties for companies approaching the runways.

Aircraft with capacity of 170 passengers or less will soon be able to land again at the airport. The safety rules are not very different from those adopted as internal policy by many airlines, the ICAO report said.

Re-opening of Toncontín Airport in Tegucigalpa discussed

June 2008

The Honduras Government was to meet today with interested parties to discuss the reopening of the Toncontín Airport.

Honduras President Manuel Zelaya was to meet Monday with representatives of several sectors that demand the reopening of the Toncontín Airport for international flights. Interested parties include the tourist industry, airport employees, taxi drivers and local politicians.

Palmerola Airport to begin operations in August

June 2008

President Manuel Zelaya has announced that Honduras' fifth international airport, at Palmerola, will start operations on August 2, when the United States will close down its military operations there.

The president said that in two weeks he will sign an agreement with the United States based on an agreement dating back to May 1957, that established the military support that Washington has provided for 51 years.

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