As of March 14, flights between the two countries will be considered domestic, simplifying and expediting migration and freight procedures.
With the entry into force of the Regulation for the Development of Air and Airport Operations, flight frequencies between airports in Honduras and Guatemala will have the characteristics of domestic flights.
In five years the airline market in Central America has transformed from being a market dominated by two major airlines, to one with new entrants, lower prices and greater connectivity.
The arrival of so called "low cost" airlines to the region has resulted in a progressive reduction in the prices of tickets to fly between Central American countries. Between 2011 and 2014 the average cost without taxes for travelling between Costa Rica and El Salvador ranged from between $400 and $500, while in 2015 it costs $391.
As part of an old-fashioned commercial aviation policy, taxes, airport charges and costs in the region take a heavy toll on the price of low cost air tickets.
Although the "low cost" airlineViva CANannounced that Costa Rica would be its hub for Central flights from 2016 with very competitive rates, Joe Mohan, CEO of Viva Latin America, told Nacion.com that it is now impossible to offer prices below $100 because of the high burden of taxes and additional charges on tickets in all countries in the region.
Visitor spending went from $3.728 billion in 2014 to $4.2 billion in 2015, double the growth rate for the category in a year.
The entry of travelers into Panama grew by 6.9% at the end of last year, going from 6,668 in 2014 to 7,128 in 2015. This greater volume of passengers spent 12.7% more than they did in 2014, reaching a record high of $4,199.7 million, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Census.
Starting from May 1 Aeromexico will operate a second daily frequency between the capital of El Salvador and Mexico City.
With this new frequency there will be 14 direct flights between the two countries per week operated by the airline. At the close of 2014 AeroMexico reported having transported about 44 thousand passengers on the San Salvador - Mexico City route.
Nicaragua suffers from lack of air connectivity and from inflated prices to be paid to fly to Managua from nearby cities.
With only five direct air links, Nicaragua is, along with Honduras, the destination with the highest prices of airline tickets, ranging from $460 to $2117, for only one-way trip within the region. In addition, Nicaragua also receives the least amount of airlines, currenly only 7 companies are available.
With the entry of two competitors focusing on the business of low-cost fares, the airline market in Central America is preparing for a potential price war.
Panama has become the starting point for tourists looking to travel to the rest of Central America, where new airlines want to capitalize on a market which so far has been driven Copa Airlines and Avianca. Air Panama and VivaColombia are looking to compete in the market offering low prices, but limiting their offer to other services such as luggage.
An announcement has been made that as of December 3rd the $29 corresponding to departure tax will be included in the final price of airline tickets.
The tax collected since 2003 by the Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago, starting from December will be included in the final cost of tickets, with the aim of simplifying procedures and avoiding the long lines that travelers have to make in order to pay the tax before leaving the country.
Based in San Jose, Costa Rica, Nature Air is Central America's Premier Airline with daily flights to exotic vacation spots in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
Operates in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama
Phone: (506) 2299-6000
Founded in 1931 with one single-engine Stinson plane, TACA Cargo offers specialized cargo and courier services.
Eighty years later we bridge the Three Americas serving customers at 42 destinations in 22 countries in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean, including flights to Toronto, Canada and nine major U.S. cities. Among our destinations are New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo, Lima, Quito, Bogota, Caracas, and Santo Domingo.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama
Phone: (281) 443 1808
Expeditors, a publicly owned company, provides logistics solutions that touch on all aspects of the supply chain. For 30 years, Expeditors employees have worked diligently with our customers to increase order visibility, reduce surplus inventory, control inflated delivery-cycle times, monitor and assign accountability and reduce overall supply chain costs.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama
Phone: (506 ) 2437 4747 - (506) 2430 0327