Launch of Palmerola International Airport
On October 15 of this year, the official launching of the Palmerola International Airport took place, thereby initiating the process of transition in commercial air operations that contemplates the transfer of flights to the new and modern airport. This process will consist of the airlines performing an operational check to validate that all systems and operational facilities at the Airport are functioning. Airlines will be able to send their chief pilots to review all procedures to meet international requirements.
The first flight of the new terminal is scheduled for mid-November, which will mark the beginning of a new era for Honduras, promoting development and job creation at the national level. The project will have a passenger terminal of almost 40,000 square meters, seven boarding piers, capacity to receive up to 13 aircraft simultaneously, a cargo terminal of 3,000 square meters and more than 1,200 indoor parking spaces. Palmerola International Airport is located in the city of Comayagua, a privileged geographical location that makes it a logistics center, with ample facilities to connect with air terminals operating in most airports in the Central American region and the world. The new terminal is a work that will mark aviation in Honduras, improving safety and connectivity conditions for commercial air operations. The project has an investment of USD 200 million and during its execution more than 2,000 direct jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs have been generated.
There are many expectations in the country with the opening of Palmerola, since tourism is expected to be one of the most benefited, given that its facilities will provide greater security and the aircraft will be larger, which will make tickets more affordable.
Launch of Palmerola International AirportFinally, the Palmerola International Airport is part of a strategic vision to turn Honduras into a logistics system for the region, which includes the construction of logistics corridors, improvement of the country’s port and air infrastructure, and an orderly and secure immigration system. Low-cost carrier Spirit’s first flight at Palmerola, bound for Houston, Fort Lauderdale, and New Orleans, is scheduled to take place on November 17.
Gabriela Aguirre Barahona
García & Bodán