It has been announced that in the coming days the request for proposals document will be published for the refurbishment of Guatemala City airport, with an investment of $15 million.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced that the remodeling consists in "... the remodeling of La Aurora International Airport, which includes the resurfacing of the runway and quick exits, changing the floors in the facilities, leasing equipment for inspections, and painting signals on the tracks."
In less than a month the Directorate General of Civil Aviation is expected to auction seven premises which until now have been occupied by the Wisa Group with its brand La Riviera.
As part of the investigations into alleged tax evasion undertaken by the Public Ministry since October last year,"... they have started to pack up the merchandise that was in the seven premises leased by Wisa Group from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC)."
One million square meters are awaiting construction permits in a country where 13 institutions have to be visited in order to collect a license.
For the Municipality of Guatemala to give out a building permit, the applicant must obtain approval from the Ministries of Environment, Culture and Sports, the General Property Registry, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the National Forestry Institute, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, the Office for Territorial Control and the district capital departments of Works, Historic Center, Environment and Land and from the Empagua.
Operations at three air terminals, including La Aurora, are being affected by trade union reprisals against dismissal of air traffic controllers.
Jackeline Lopez, in charge of communication of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) said that a cut of $2 million in the budget of the institution led to the dismissal of 25 of 60 air traffic controllers and a cut of 23% in salaries for the rest of the staff.
On December 8 inspections and customs controls began on people and goods arriving aboard international private flights at La Aurora International Airport.
Preparations for the protocol establishing customs controls by the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT) started in August, following an agreement signed between the SAT and and the ministries of Communications, Agriculture and Interior.
Changes are being made to control processes and clearance of cargo carryied by commercial aircraft at the La Aurora international airport.
From a statement issued by the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT):
Air cargo arriving at La Aurora International Airport and which is shipped aboard scheduled commercial passenger flights, now has better customscontrols applied by the staff at the loading and unloading area of the Air Express customs office of the Administration Superintendency Tax.
Plans for the construction of the airport of Puerto de San José, Escuintla, are ready, and a partnership with the private sector is being sought to provide the finance of $140 million required for the project.
The aim of the construction of this airport is to relieve pressure on the air traffic in the terminal of La Aurora. Due to the fact that the necessary funds have not been obtained, the state is aiming to complete the project via a public-private partnership model.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has plans to build a new airport in Retalhuleu and to give international status to the Port of San José and Puerto Barrios.
An article in Elperiodico.com.gt reports that the plan was presented last Sunday by President Otto Perez Molina, who asked the auditor of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Armando Asturias, to go ahead with the project that could be starting in the first quarter of 2013.
Hotels in the department of Petén are reporting full occupancy for the period from 17th to 23rd December 2012, when there the change of the Mayan era will be commemorated at the December 2012 solstice.
Some reservations have been in place since January, mainly made by tourists from the U.S. and Europe.
Elperiodico.com.gt reports, "Peter Duchez, the director of Inguat, says the situation is positive for the national tourism industry, as there will be an increase in visitors mainly to the archaeological sites in Tikal." Hotels near the site were the first to fill up for December 21’, he added."
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