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Investment Project

Construction begins on the first stage of the Pacific Airport in El Salvador

The members of the Legislative Assembly amended the Budget Law 2022 and incorporated USD 12 million to the Ministry of Public Works for the execution of the first stage of the Pacific Airport to be built in the department of La Unión.

The execution of this project, according to the deputies, will contribute to the economic and social development of the eastern region of El Salvador, as it will encourage the growing demand of passengers visiting the national territory by air, boosting the economy through the promotion of tourism in the eastern region of the country.

Likewise, the regional director for North America, Central America, and the Caribbean of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Melvin Cintrón, said: “We have completed the feasibility studies for the construction of the Pacific Airport; we are ready to lay the first stone in 2022”.

The Pacific Airport is part of the Government’s projects to turn the east of the country into a development pole and a world-class tourist destination, in addition to the Pacific Train, the shipyard in the Port of La Unión, Bitcoin City, among other plans. According to the initial design, the airport will have six boarding bridges and it is projected that in the first year of operation, 1,700 operations will be carried out, with 80,000 passengers expected to be served.

The Pacific Airport, which will be located in La Unión, will generate around 23,000 jobs during the construction phase, while in the first 12 months of operation it will employ 4,700 people, according to the autonomous company’s projections.

The contracting conditions for the construction company and for the equipment will be announced in the coming weeks.

Oscar Torres
García & Bodán
El Salvador