Tender Announced For New Airport in Guatemala

Plans for the construction of the airport of Puerto de San José, Escuintla, are ready, and a partnership with the private sector is being sought to provide the finance of $140 million required for the project.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The aim of the construction of this airport is to relieve pressure on the air traffic in the terminal of La Aurora. Due to the fact that the necessary funds have not been obtained, the state is aiming to complete the project via a public-private partnership model.

According to the Comptroller of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Roberto Rodriguez, the announcement of the tender could come after the "Guatemala Investment Summit" forum. "We have to be skilled at seeking foreign or domestic investment because the state alone can not do it, aviation is expensive ..." he added.

The project includes the construction of an 11 kilometer highway that would connect with Puerto Quetzal, and additionally plans for the acquisition of 23 caballerías of land (111 acres) to be used for the installation of an industrial park.

For Julio Hector Estrada, director of the National Alliance for the Development of Economic Infrastructure (ANADIE) it is not viable to seek private investment to build a new airport, as there is no way to prove that air traffic exists in the area and for an investor it is too risky. "It is the state that should put up the money, there is no alternative," he added.

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