Re-opening of Toncontín Airport in Tegucigalpa discussed

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

Monday, June 16, 2008

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.
The airport is closed to aircraft with capacity of more than 42 passengers. As a result, foreign companies that use larger planes are not operating into or out ofTegucigalpa.
Zelaya closed the Tegucigalpa Airport to international flights after an Airbus 320 of the airline TACA slipped off the runway on May 30, apparently as a result of human error, and five persons were killed.

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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.

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.

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.

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