The announcement came after receiving approval from the International Civil Aviation Organization as the country faces the emergency airport situation.
The private secretary of president Manuel Zelaya, Eduardo Enrique Reina, explained that the government presented a formal request a few months ago to the Organization to convert Palmerola into an international civilian airport and that they have responded positively. They have now presented an action plan to carry out the remodeling and development of the airport.
In the absence of investors, the government will take over construction of the commercial airport at the military base in Palmerola.
Through an executive decree, the Council of Ministers has authorized the Armed Forces to carry out this project.
LaPrensahn.com reported statements of President Manuel Zelaya Rosales: "This is the first step in order to undertake the extraordinary and monumental project that has been awaited in our country for many decades. It is a very important step forward for this construction, which will have an international airport for cargo and passenger flights in the coming months."
The Government finally reached an agreement with InterAirports to build a terminal at Palmerola, located 70 kilometers to the north of Tegucigalpa.
"There is an initial agreement for the construction of a terminal at the Palmerola military airport," the manager of the company, Carlos Ramos, announced at a press conference with the Minister of the Presidency, Enrique Flores.
The government has asked InterAiports to decide whether or not they will participate in the management of the airport.
The plan to use Palmerola as a commercial airport is still on the table.
It has been reported that President Manuel Zelaya gave an ultimatum of 96 hours for the airport company to reply, however InterAirports said in a press release that the time given is to update the proposals presented in June 2008.