Current works at the Guatemalan International Airport include the construction of commercial space for 30 shops.
The information available on the subject does not make clear whether the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will be the entity responsible for renting commercial spaces to interested companies, receiving the corresponding revenue, or if the other version is correct which indicates that the entire space known as 13 Baktun has already been rented for 15 years without a tender.
The control of drug traffic by air in Guatemala is ineffective because of lack of a monitoring system with primary and secondary radars which should also include a multinational information center.
An article in Elperiodico.com.gt reports that "The discovery of a plane with 405 kilos of cocaine in Retalhuleu and the landing of another aircraft that had unloaded a drug shipment, exposed the lack of technology to control drug traffic by air in the country. According to Armando Asturias, Controller of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the control of illegal aircraft requires the installation of at least five radars. "
The Civil Aviation Authority is awaiting approval by Congress, for the purchase of three radars that would cover the whole territory.
The head of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC), Juan José Carlos, said the radars would be located in Port San Jose (Escuintla), Puerto Barrios (Izabal) and Flores (Petén) and would therefore cover the whole country.
The quantity of passengers that arrived in Guatemala in 2008 was 0.4% less than in 2007.
In 2008, 1,118,678 passengers entered the country, while, in 2007, there were 1,123,200, which represents a decline of 0.4%, according to statistics from the General Director of Civil Aeronautics.
Though it is not a significant reduction, representing only 4,522 fewer passengers, it is the first time that a fall has been registered since 2004, and it was generated by a strong decline in the second semester of 2008.
Plans are for the installation of a radar in the Playa Grande area in the northeast of the country and for the changing of the radios and radars at the La Aurora airport.
Those with priority are the Mundo Maya airport in Peten (north) and the airports at Port San Jose (Pacific) and Puerto Barrios on the Caribbean coast, Juan Jose Carlos, press officer for Civil Aviation, commented.
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