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$68 Million in Remodeling Slated for El Salvador International Airport

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The modernization of terminals, air conditioning, and addition of patron ticketing counters for the International Airport of El Salvador carries a $68 million price tag.

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Original Article Text From La Prensa Grafica via Google Translate :

ECA airport Remodeling Begins

The projects, which include changing air conditioning systems, cost $ 6 million, but overall, the modernization of the terminal facilities requires $ 66 million.

The first remodeling work at the International Airport El Salvador (AIES) are underway. This first phase includes the installation of an elevator, the construction of new steps, the replacement of half of the air conditioning systems and the change of 50% of the baths.

These first projects will be financed with funds from the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA).

The airport manager, Yicsi Rodriguez said that these works will invest $ 6 million, but the 17 projects that comprise the modernization, optimization and rehabilitation of the AIES require an investment of approximately $ 66 million.

This plan includes not only physical, but also the acquisition of new technology and reengineering some processes, explained the manager.

“They’re going to revamp and modernize the inspection points with new technology,” added Rodriguez.

This includes the purchase of three boarding bridges, gates and metal detectors and X-ray equipment that come into the country this month.

Some of these tenders have already been awarded or are awarded. ECA recently published in the government procurement website, COMPRASAL, the award of an air conditioning 40 ton for the cargo terminal, and a carpet sweeper.

In the list of projects is also the replacement of radar control and replacement of aircraft communications equipment.

Other areas to readjust is Immigration and Customs, so that ECA is coordinating with the Directorate General of Immigration and the Directorate General of Customs.

As for the process, Rodriguez explained that the ticket counter will no longer be of use only, but shared. For now, the airlines pay rent for that exclusivity.

“With that we will also manage the time, because now check in area is saturated, but can not use (the counter) another airline the owner. Sometimes only one line operates and there’s a line they can not spread to other ‘counters’ “he said.

This is one of the problems that have pointed out for many years.

In 2006, studies of the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES) and ECA indicated that it had congestion in the areas of passengers, baggage and customs bands.

In 2011, the terminal received more than 130.000 passengers in 2010. Official records of the year indicate that at Comalapa spent 1.9 million people.

One strategy that the administration of the terminal for this problem is to adopt a new policy shift for airlines and a reengineering of airspace.

“It’s not going to tell you that right now the airlines ‘you get out of this bank of flights will operate here’, it is in conjunction with each other and with experts a study to make a good project to improve efficiency of airport management, “Rodriguez deepened.

The idea is to have three peak times, but the operations are distributed throughout the day to make efficient use of facilities.

Trade policy
The independent hire a consultant for the design of trade policy.
Because contracts expire this year of commercial operation of the airport’s shops, will analyze a change in strategy to bring more resources into the coffers of CEPA.

“What we want is to segment, according to the profile of the customer, what you need, what do you want to see, that in order to increase business income,” Rodriguez said.

The food court will be located on the third floor will be one of the projects is to sell planes to get to the previous income to be built.

However, it will also require external financing. CABEI has provided a credit of $ 25 million.

The other option to complete the $ 66 million securitization to be approved by the Legislature.

Rodriguez said that this alternative is still being analyzed by teams of CEPA.

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