Latin American Airports
SAN PEDRO SULA,Honduras–Several hotel executives, Honduran incoming tour operators and the Minister of Tourism are currently organizing a meeting with Avianca’s upper management in Bogota for the first months of 2014. The group is hoping that Avianca will keep opening non-stop flights from the Bogota Hub into San Pedro-Sula and Coxen Hole in Roatan using Airbus A-318 jetliners. Avianca already operates non-stop flights from Bogota El Dorado International Airport to Panama City, San Jose, San Salvador and Guatemala City.
MADRID,Spain–October 15th. Iberia Airlines launched its new image and livery. Since 1978 the airline had used its prior image, a white fuselage, three accent stripes (red,orange and yellow) and the stylized “IB” in the tail. The new corporate image is modern and it is expected to reflect the new Iberia (with British Airways both carriers are owned by International Airlines Group). In 2013 Iberia suspeded its services to Havana and San Juan. The airline operates from Madrid to Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boston, New York-JFK, Mexico City, Guatemala City, San Salvador, San Jose, Panama City and the most important cities of South America.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica–AviancaTACA announced today the cancellation of five flights to the San Jose hub: Los Angeles, New York-JFK, Havana, Monterrey, Quito and Guayaquil. Effective tomorrow passengers will need to use the El Salvador or Bogota hubs when flying from any of these cities (except Monterrey that is being totally cancelled). The Costa Rican airline LACSA started a flight connection hub in the late 1970s that included flights from Miami, New Orleans, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York-JFK and Toronto. After the merger with TACA some of these cities were cancelled transfering the operations to El Salvador. WIth the merger of TACA and Avianca of Colombia, the Costa Rican hub will be minimized transfering most of the non-stop flights to El Salvador, Bogota and Lima.
LIBERIA, Costa Rica. — The Daniel Oduber International Airport, better known as Liberia International is expected to grow in the next three years to become Central America’s #1 “Leisure Airport”. The growth of this airport will be triggered by the future opening of five hotels and resorts in the Costa Rican Golden Coast. Alvaro Conejo, President of the Guanacastean Chamber of Tourism informed today that starting in December 2013 the group of new hotels will include: Enjoy Hotel in Panama Beach (96 rooms), in July 2014 the Courtyard Marriott at Papagayo Bay, and by the end of that year Hyatt Andaz Resort (153 rooms), Melia Paradisus Papagayo (379 rooms) and Dreams Las Mareas in Salinas Beach (447 rooms). The opening of these resorts will create up to 4000 new jobs in the Northern province of Costa Rica, well known for its breathtaking beaches and a great adventure destination. Francisco Cordero, Commercial Director for Liberia International Airport coincided that more airlines from the U.S., Europe and South America are expected to operate flights to the aiport (the new terminal was opened in January 2012), known as the “gateway to the Costa Rican Riviera”. As of today American Airlines operates flights from Miami and Dallas/Ft. Worth; DELTA from Atlanta and Minneapolis; Jetblue from New York-JFK; Frontier Airlines from Denver; United Airlines from Houston, Newark and Chicago; USAirways from Charlotte; Air Canada from Toronto and Montreal; WestJet from Toronto and COPA Airlines from Panama City.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras. — Honduran President Porfirio Lobo has declared that before he leaves office, the construction of the airport terminal for Tegucigalpa/Palmerola International Airport will begin. The runway of Palmerola was constructed in the eighties by the U.S. government during the hype of the Cold War in Central America, as the Soviet-Cuban supported socialist government in Managua collisioned against the U.S. backed Honduras. After the end of the Cold War, Palmerola was donated by the United States to the Honduras government. The closing of Tegucigalpa’s Toncontin International Airport (the second most dangerous in the world) and the opening of Palmerola has been a priority after the last accident of a TACA Airlines Airbus A-320 on May 2008. The construction of the airport terminal in Palmerola and the two lane highway from Tegucigalpa would cost up to 130 million dollars. The airport terminal would be constructed on the west side of the runway, on the opposite side of the military installations of the Honduran Air Force. The new airport in the Comayagua region to serve the Honduran capital is clearly needed for the growth and development of the country.
QUITO, Ecuador. — On February 22nd the Civil Aviation Authorities (DGAC) of Ecuador opened the Quito International Airport at Tababela. The official name of the airport is Mariscal Sucre and was constructed as the old Quito International Airport inside the capital city was considered as one of the most dangerous airports in Latin America. Tababela is located almost an hour and thirty minutes away from downtown Quito. The airport has five jetways and a modern state-of-the-art control tower. The arrival of a TAME Airbus A-320 in the morning opened Tababela for business.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica. — Located in the center of the Central American isthmus, Costa Rica is often called “The Heart of the Region”. The country is the power house of tourism and Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) that services San Jose/Alajuela is also located in the center of the nation. Since the privatization of the management of the terminal, the Juan Santamaria International Airport has become one of the most modern airport terminals in Latin America. It is one of the main important hubs of TACA Airlines (soon AVIANCA) and it is serviced by many airlines from the United States: American Airlines from Miami and Dallas, DELTA Airlines from Atlanta, United Airlines from Houston and Newark, US Airways from Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix, jetBlue from Orlando, Spirit Airlines from Fort Lauderdale and Frontier Airlines from Denver.In July DELTA Airlines will start daily non-stop from Los Angeles, jetBlue from Fort Lauderdale and United Airlines will start Saturday operations from Chicago and Washington-Dulles. Canadian carriers include Air Canada and Air Transat, Mexican carriers include AeroMexico and Interjet. IBERIA Airlines operates daily A-340-600 non-stop flights from Madrid and German carrier Condor twice weekly flights from Frankfurt. For 2013 and 2014 more airlines are expected to start operations and some names include Southwest/Air Tran Airways, Alaska Airlines and even an Asian carrier. AERIS is the private company that manages and administrates the airport, now considered the hub of Central America.