According to the private sector airport infrastructure needs to be improved in order to provide services to meet increasing demand for domestic flights.
Before the start of the next tourist season in the region, the union of private companies in Nicaragua has highlighted the need to improve conditions in the domestic air terminal, in order to provide better services to travelers taking flights to different parts of the country.
Favoured by the poor state of road infrastructure domestic airlines have reported increases of over 20% in the number of passengers they transported between 2014 and this year.
The poor state of the road infrastructure in the country is one of the main reasons behind the increase in the number of passengers on domestic flights operated by airlines such as Sansa and Nature Air.
From March 16 Air Panama will be offering two daily flights on weekdays from the capital to Alonso Valderrama airport in Chitre.
From March 16 the national airline Air Panama will be offering daily flights between Panama and Chitre, the main city in the province of Herrera. Flights will depart twice a day (morning and afternoon) from Monday to Friday.
The inauguration scheduled for March 10th has revitalized investments in the tourism sector, while three airlines are interested in operating three weekly flights.
The Río Amarillo airfield is currently 90% complete, test flights have been made and its official opening is scheduled for March 10. It is expected that, initially, the flights will have capacity for 45 people and the destinations will mainly be Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and Roatan.
Nicaragua suffers from lack of air connectivity and from inflated prices to be paid to fly to Managua from nearby cities.
With only five direct air links, Nicaragua is, along with Honduras, the destination with the highest prices of airline tickets, ranging from $460 to $2117, for only one-way trip within the region. In addition, Nicaragua also receives the least amount of airlines, currenly only 7 companies are available.
The company Taxis Aéreos de El Salvador has obtained permission to operate domestic flights from San Salvador to the east of the country, and plans to operate routes to Guatemala and Honduras.
Certification to operate in the country was granted on November 24, 2014, with flights expected to start from this month, going from San Salvador, in the Ilopango airport, to La Union, San Miguel and Santa Rosa de Lima.
With the entry of two competitors focusing on the business of low-cost fares, the airline market in Central America is preparing for a potential price war.
Panama has become the starting point for tourists looking to travel to the rest of Central America, where new airlines want to capitalize on a market which so far has been driven Copa Airlines and Avianca. Air Panama and VivaColombia are looking to compete in the market offering low prices, but limiting their offer to other services such as luggage.
Copa Airlines is venturing into the local market flying a twice daily route between Tocumen and David with rates $100 cheaper than those of Air Panama, which is being threatened by the international airline.
51% of local air traffic is represented by the internal route between Panama and David, which until now was serviced only by the airline Air Panama, but soon the business will be shared with Copa Airlines, which requested authorization to operate the route with two daily flights.
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