Insecurity for Investments in Comalapa

Tenants of commercial property at the international airport have announced they will not make investments until the government states whether it will renew contracts and maintain rent costs.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The lack of concrete answers from the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA) could endanger new investment of at least 84 tenants operating in the El Salvador International Airport, reported The businesses are in the food, crafts and duty free shopping sectors.

"... Most leases in these premises expire on December 31 this year, so many owners do not want to make any investment in their premises or hire more staff, because they have no idea if their contracts will be renewed or if the lease payments will rise or fall. Companies also want to know what is being planned in terms of trade matters in respect to the construction of four waiting rooms which are to be expanded in the terminal".

"... Since March 2015 the Association of Concessionaires of Ports and Airports of El Salvador has been asking for a meeting with the general manager of the autonomous Emeritus Velasquez, to explain to them what the plans are in the commercial area, but they have not yet received a response. Tenants have not been able to get a meeting even with the airport authorities to find out about the projects the CEPA has. "

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