The new parking platform raises to 22 the number of aircraft that can be attended to simultaneously at the international airport in San Salvador.
Elsalvador.com reports that "...The work represents the first expansion project with a direct impact on customer service for passenger aircraft at San Salvador International Airport in the last 18 years and will be crucial in improving its operational capacity."
The private sector is urging the government to define and execute financing once and for all for the expansion works of San Salvador's airport, which already operates at "200% of its capacity."
Avianca representatives say the current capacity of Monsignor Romero airport has already been far exceeded and the terminal needs to be expanded in order to improve passenger services and increase air operations. Roberto Kriete, cofounder of Avianca Holdings, said they are "crying out" for the airport expansion and that this situation "has delayed the growth of the company."
Although the master plan is ready, changes in the Autonomous Executive Port Commission and other factors have delayed, again, the modernization of the international airport in El Salvador.
Roberto Kriete, co-founder and member of the board of Avianca Holdings told Laprensagrafica.com that "... 'the airport is an issue that has a very large financial impact nationally and it is a topic that unfortunately when there are changes of government and even more so changes in leadership at the CEPA (the modernization process) there is a delay of at least six months while it is all reviewed ...There are obvious needs for the expansion of the airport terminal, and (it is obvious) that the process of modernization should be sped up.'"
The Superintendency of Competition could set minimum and maximum transient prices for air tickets, in the national interest or because of public need.
The initiative a proposal by the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) to the Salvadoran Congress to amendment Article 22 of the Civil Aviation Act so that the Superintendency of Competition (SC) can set those rates.
The infrastructure in most airports in Central America can not cover the increase in the number of air passengers transiting in the region.
In the region, traffic has increased by almost 80% over the last ten years going from 95 million to 170 million passengers. "Today, 30% of Latin American flights take off or land at congested airports, which constitutes one of the main difficulties in the development of the airline industry," noted an article in Eleconomista.net.
The government of El Salvador has welcomed an announcement by the President of the airline of their intention to build its own terminal at Comalapa.
The Technical Secretary of the Presidency, Alexander Segovia, in light of statements by AviancaTaca’s CEO Roberto Kriete said, "A few weeks ago, the president of TACA approached us. We have assembled a working group. They are interested in building a terminal themselves, and we are very interested. "
To invest more in the Salvadoran aircraft maintenance industry, the company requires better airport infrastructure.
Aeroman is a company that provides aircraft maintenance services in El Salvador. It is preparing to invest $20 million in its eight operation line, but this initiative requires that authorities improve roads and infrastructure at and around the main airport of the country.
Roberto Kriete, President of TACA Airlines, restated the need to enlarge AIES, the International Airport of El Salvador.
While participating in a forum in Colombia, the businessman remarked: "El Salvador Airport is getting too small, and unless we start seriously thinking in an expansion right now ... it will be difficult for it to be ready when we need it, and it may force us to move our operations from El Salvador to another country.
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