The start of operations of several regional airlines in the moderately priced sector is auspicious for trade, and in particular tourism.
The launch in San Jose this week of the ultra low cost airline Volaris Costa Rica, with a presence in Mexico, the United States and Central America, who will begin operating next month with a San Jose, Costa Rica -Guatemala City (Guatemala) route, confirms how activated the business of commercial aviation in Central America has become.
The Honduran government has announced that from April 2017 and for six months, the airline Air Europa will operate one direct flight per week between Madrid and San Pedro Sula.
A statement issued by Coalianza of Honduras states that "...The European airline will leave the Spanish capital on Wednesday and return to San Pedro Sula on Thursday on an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 275 seats in economy class and 24 in first class."
The German airline Condor has announced that from November it will be adding two flight frequencies per week from Munich and another one, also weekly, from Frankfurt, both going to San Jose.
Condor will fly from Munich International Airport to Juan Santamaria in Costa Rica starting from November 8, once a week with a Boeing 767-300 with a capacity for 259 passengers, the company said in a press release.In addition, the airline will operate another frequency per week from Frankfurt, which will make three weekly 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.
Airlines claim there is a need to improve air traffic management in the terminal, because "there is no point having a new terminal if planes can not reach it."
Projections indicate that by 2020 Tocumen International Airport will handle 20 million passengers a year, but the competitive advantage gained from the enlarged terminal will deteriorate if problems in air traffic management that the airlines face today are not dealt with.
From December 22 the airline AirTransat will fly once a week between the Canadian city of Montreal and San Salvador.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador:
Representatives of Hotel Leones Marinos, Atami, Hotel Bahia del Sol and Decameron Hotels promoted their offer of specialized services in the country at the international exhibition on Tourism and Travel.
From December 1 the new airline Wingo will be operating low cost regional flights.
A subsidiary of Copa Holdings, Wingo, has announced the start of operations and will start with flights on December 1, offering a daily frequency to Panama on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and from Guatemala, one daily on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, according to information posted on its website.
Tourism entrepreneurs attribute the lack of interest in the airport to the scarcity of hotels on the Nicaraguan island and lack of public infrastructure.
La Paloma Airport was presented as an opportunity to increase the flow of tourists and improve the economy in the area but three years after it started operations, only one airline is operating two flights per week to the terminal.
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