Tourism, Air Connectivity and Uncertainty

Because only two airlines currently operate in Nicaragua and there is no certainty when other companies will reactivate their flights, entrepreneurs in the tourism sector remain uncertain.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, the country was left without an air connection, as the airlines decided to suspend their operations due to the low number of travelers who were willing to travel in this context of the pandemic.

Gradually the airlines began to offer their services, however, during the first weeks of 2021 only Avianca and Conviasa were operating in Nicaragua.

So far, most airlines are expected to resume flights to Nicaragua in February, but because they have postponed their return on more than one occasion, there is uncertainty among businessmen.

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The restrictions imposed by the government are a factor that do not allow the standardization of air transport, according to industry representatives.

Leonardo Torres, president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Micro, Small and Medium Tourist Enterprises (Cantur), told Laprensa.com.ni that "... 'connectivity in other countries is being more fluid, for example Spirit has already announced that it is starting to operate in Honduras and therefore, why have they started to operate in other countries and not here? because of the same history that we have been repeating, we have to soften the measures to reactivate international tourism."

Torres added that "... as long as air connectivity is not resumed, the tourism sector will continue to be affected this year, because they cannot plan, nor organize themselves as long as they are not sure of the dates when the airlines will resume operations."

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