El Salvador: Airport Expansion Urged

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."

Monday, August 24, 2015

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."

Kriete said in the article on Elmundo.sv that "... several years ago the pace of recruitment slowed, along with the inclusion of new flights because of lack of space in the terminal. 'It is already at its maximum limit. We can not expect growth if the airport is not expanded. All of the emphasis should be on what we can do to expand the airport, to hire more people and create jobs and bring more flights to El Salvador.'"

"... He added that Avianca executives will meet next week with CEPA to find out what decisions have been taken regarding the financing of the enlargement. ... Kriete said the company wants to know how the expansion will be financed. He believes that the simplest method might be for CEPA to get a loan, carry out the works and manage them."

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Avianca Places Conditions for Hub on Airport Expansion

October 2015

The airline, the main user of the Salvadoran air terminal, will maintain the hub as long as the government carries out its expansion plans.

The airline reiterated the need to improve Infrastructure at San Salvador International Airport.

An understanding agreement signed between Avianca and the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA) aims to accelerate the funding processes and start expansion works at the airport, where the airline connects 27 destinations.

TACA Awaits Expansion of Salvadoran Airport

September 2012

Without ruling out the idea of building their own airport terminal, the airline will wait to see how the modernization works initiated by the Executive Port Commission (CEPA) evolve.

Fidel Chavez Mena, vice president and legal representative of TACA, said that after meetings with representatives from CEPA, they have agreed to wait and see how the financing of the works evolves.

Airport Rennovation: "Either the Government Does It Or I Will"

June 2012

Roberto Kriete has announced that that the renovation of the El Salvador International Airport, one way or another, will be carried out within a maximum period of three years.

The chairman of the board of AviancaTaca told Laprensagrafica.com that Comalapa airport needs not only improvements, but a complete update according to a master plan designed by Aéroports de Paris.

AviancaTaca Seeks Regional Hub

June 2012

In the absence of plans for the expansion of the El Salvador International Airport, the airline is hoping to settle in another of the region’s capitals.

Comalapa airport is home to AviancaTaca and its air hub in the region, but it is becoming stretched to capacity and inadequate for the airline’s expansion plans.

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