Dismissing the proposals by the Panamanian company Copa and that of Delta, Avianca Holdings has announced it will start the process of finalizing a strategic and commercial alliance with United Airlines.
While hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested in Tocumen Airport, the Panamanian Civil Aviation Authority does not have the capacity to exercise its responsibility to carry out supervision.
The economy with the greatest air connectivity in the region does not have, according to the ICAO, the necessary resources to deal with an air crash, indicating that training for air traffic monitoring staff is insufficient.
With a school of aeronautical firefighters, a center for aircraft maintenance and better programs of aviation mechanics, the country aims to become a regional aviation cluster.
Although the promised expansion of the international airport Ronulfo Monsignor is still going at a slow pace, the area of aviation training and commercial aircraft maintenance is prepared to improve its services and turn the country into a hub for the aircraft industry at the regional level. Mario Martinez, director of the Central Institute of Aeronautics Training (ICCAE), told Elsalvador.com that "... it is right time for the country to take advantage of all the elements that it can intergrate in order to be eligible to be a cluster in the coming years. 'The location we have is key. We can create a first class logistics platform. '"
The recovery of Category 1 status in compliance with ICAO standards enables local airlines to fly to the US.
The granting of category 1 status by the General Directorate of Civil Aviation of the United States will improve the terminal´s ability to attract investment in the civil aviation sector and other related subsectors.
Carlos Salazar, Director General of the Nicaraguan Institute of Civil Aeronautics, told Elnuevodiario.com.ni that "... the fact that Nicaragua has advanced to Category 1, gives facilities for foreign and domestic investment to come to the country. 'This will improve tourism, since this category gives confidence internationally, Nicaraguan companies will also have access to the US market in the area of civil aviation'. "
A proposal has been made to build a maintenance workshop for commercial aircraft in an area of 8 hectares in the Enrique Jimenez airport, with an investment of $35 million.
The project was proposed to Tocumen SA by a foreign company, and the proposal has already been presented to the Board of Directors of Tocumen, and "the proponent is expected to close the financing stage in order to make progress 'as soon as possible'".
As part of a plan to invest $100 million purchase of two aircraft for use in rescues, weather radar and the building of a network of heliports is being contemplated.
Although the five-year plan is still under development, the director of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Alfredo Fonseca Mora said he also sees "... the possibility of building an airstrip in Tonosí, Los Santos, and Santa Catalina, in Veraguas there is potential for tourism because of its beaches where international surfing competitions are held. "
The Civil Aviation authority in Costa Rica has rejected the application made by Ticos Air to obtain the certification as an international airline because it did not meet the requirements within the required timeframe.
The Civil Aviation authority of Costa Rica notified the company that the Ticos Air that their case has been closed because of non compliance with all the "legal, technical and financial" requirements ... needed for the granting of the certification within the timeframe set by the institution.
An agreement is being established to promote the arrival of new airlines into the country streamlining the processes of registration and starting commercial operations.
The Superintendency of Competition and Civil Aviation has signed an agreement designed to promote competition in the airline market in the country, streamlining and simplifying the formalities the must be completed in order to start operations.
Air Costa Rica has started the process of gaining certification as an international operator and plans to begin charter flights in six months.
Air Costa Rica is the new brand name of Tica Air according to the Public Registry of the airline, which has launched the second phase of a certification process and expects to receive approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation within four to six months to operate as international airline. The first stage of the airline's plans include starting with charter flights to other countries in the region and then opening international routes to the United States, Nicaragua, Panama and Colombia.
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.
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