Tegucigalpa's airport increases safety measures

The Toncontín International Airport at Tegucigalpa, Honduras is in the process of lengthening Runway 2 by 300 meters.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

It will also install a safety ring along the street where the improvement is taking place.
Large aircraft can land at Toncontín now, but there are extra precautions, including weather restrictions.
The works will also include the levelling of nearby hills in the Lomas y Altos neighborhood to improve safety conditions for the flights.
The changes are a direct result of recommendations from the International Civil Aviation Association following a botched landing of an aircraft May 30, in which five persons died and about 80 others were injured.

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Cost of closing Tegucigalpa airport estimated at $33 million

June 2008

Tegucigalpa's Chamber of Commerce and Industry estimates that losses to date from the closing of Toncontín International Airport 26 days ago stand at 33 million dollars. Businesses most affected are those directly and indirectly involved in aviation.

The chamber says that over time the losses could rise to as much as 400 million dollars.

Tegucigalpa airport still not reopened

June 2008

President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras said he has decided to maintain the Toncontín Airport at Tegucigalpa closed to aircraft carrying more than 42 passengers.

He made the decision despite a report from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) saying the runways would be safe for aircraft carrying up to 170 passengers.

ICAO gives green light for re-opening Toncontín airport

June 2008

The preliminary report of the International Civil Aviation Association says that Toncontín airport at Tegucigalpa meets the requirements to operate, with few difficulties for companies approaching the runways.

Aircraft with capacity of 170 passengers or less will soon be able to land again at the airport. The safety rules are not very different from those adopted as internal policy by many airlines, the ICAO report said.

Re-opening of Toncontín Airport in Tegucigalpa discussed

June 2008

The Honduras Government was to meet today with interested parties to discuss the reopening of the Toncontín Airport.

Honduras President Manuel Zelaya was to meet Monday with representatives of several sectors that demand the reopening of the Toncontín Airport for international flights. Interested parties include the tourist industry, airport employees, taxi drivers and local politicians.

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