ICAO gives green light for re-opening Toncontín airport

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.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

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.
The full report was to be delivered Tuesday to President Manuel Zelaya.
Zelaya ordered the airport closed after a May 30 runway incident that resulted in five deaths and several injuries.

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Honduran airport reopened for international flights

July 2008

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

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.

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.

Toncontín to re-open in a week

June 2008

The Honduras Government and the business community reached agreement on re-opening the Toncontín International Airport, once the safety conditions of the terminal have been assessed.

The agreement was hammered out between the Committee for Defense of the Capital and President Manuel Zelaya, who met for almost five hours on Monday.

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.

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