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Comalapa Airport Will Have to Wait Five More Years to Expand

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The expansion of the El Salvador International Airport in Comalapa will not happen, at least not in the next five years, says the president of the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA), Alberto Arene. The project began in 2007 but has continued to experience delays through several administrations with the most recent occurring in May.

Original Article Text From El Salvador via Google Translate :

The Airport Expansion is Delayed to Next Administration

The expansion of the El Salvador International Airport in Comalapa (Department of La Paz) will not happen, at least not in this five years, said yesterday the president of the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA), Alberto Arene.

The official explained that the most you can do in the two years remaining of his term is scheduled to leave the project and, at most, developed a model of the extension or presentation images of what will be the new airport a Once expanded.

He explained that, for now, has no idea how much will be invested in this work, which was announced with great fanfare, by ECA since 2007, but then the project was delayed for various political reasons.

“I have no idea, that will be part of the studies that we have to do,” he said when asked about the amount to invest in expansion.

Arene said the first thing that will, possibly this year, is to update the master plan of 2007 that produced the Paris airports, and then advance to the pre-feasibility study, pre-design, and eventually to the hiring of a concessional loan and then the construction itself. “Could not start the update (master plan) is to do Paris airports or other companies do. We are taking steps to try to complete the update of the study,” said the official, adding that “the results of the upgrade can not happen this year. ”

Hopefully next year will begin the process of preparing the bidding of the work, which is tied to the search for international funding, he explained, because it is not yet defined the modality under which resources will be obtained for execution, because ECA is not able to contribute with the millionaire capital works funding.

Arene acknowledged that the airport is now too small for the number of visitors you have, especially at peak times, and it urges expansion. “Also it is time that although we try to optimize what is called the banks of flights, etc.., It will be necessary to increase, ie, that there is no way to solve it, but of course the idea is that with the improvements we will do in different ways, that will give us three or four additional years until the new airport is ready, “he said.

Arene accepted that the aerodrome is not the best of Central America “as it was at some point,” and to restore that status “have to work hard.”

Previously, the president of the board of AviancaTaca, Roberto Kriete, has hinted that it would move its base of operations to another country in Central America if not expanded the airport, because they already can not keep to mobilize the growing traffic.

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