CARACAS, Venezuela–After announcing this week the devaluation of its currency (the Bolivar), the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is practically isolated. The Venezuelan travel agencies have stopped selling airline tickets after some international carriers like Air Europa, Iberia, Air France, Lufthansa, TAP-Portugal, TAME, COPA, United and American Airlines also decided to suspend ticket sales. The Venezuelan Government has a debt of up to 2800 million Euros with all the international airlines operating to the socialist country. This week governement officials met with Air Europa executives, hoping to find a solution in order to pay the debt with the airline, up to 130 million Euros, but it seems both parts couldn’t reach an agreement. The economist Francisco Faraco has defined the situation as “The Bankruptcy of the Venezuelan State”. Its believed that more airlines will suspend sales and most probably operations to Venezuelan airports in the near future.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador–CEPA (Comision Ejecutiva Portuaria Autonoma) presented today the Master Plan that will start in 2014 and should keep El Salvador’s Comalapa International Airport as an efficient terminal until 2032. The project will have two phases and will have a total cost of 500 million dollars. Once the upgrading and remodeling of the terminal, Comalapa International Airport should be able to handle 6.6 million passengers per year. The airport located close to the Pacific Coast is Avianca Airlines’ main connecting hub in Central America. Flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Orlando, Washington-Dulles, Newark, New York-JFK, Chicago and Toronto operate to Comalapa International and connect to Central and South America. The airport is serviced by American Airlines, United Airlines, DELTA, Spirit Airlines, AeroMexico, COPA Airlines, Iberia Airlines and will also become the headquarters for the Salvadorian start-up VECA Airways.
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.