Guatemalan Airline Starts Operations in El Salvador

The low-cost airline Transportes Aereos Guatemaltecos plans to offer a daily flight from Ilopango airport in Guatemala City.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The airline Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos will start operations on March 20, offering a daily flight from Ilopango airport east of San Salvador, to La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala. The flight between the two cities will take approximately 30 minutes.

"To provide this service , we will use a Saab aircraft, capable of transporting 20 people. The fees that the airline is considering charging could range from between $80 and $120. The final cost will depend on the season."

Meanwhile, Yicsi Rodriguez, manager of the El Salvador International Airport, announced that "the airline Vuelos Económicos Centroamericanos will start operations there in March and April, after complying with all of the legal requirements needed to fly."



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