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Air Transport Figures in Central America (or, Interesting Facts About International Airports in Central America)

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Air Transport Figures in Central America

The region has 20 international airports, of which 11 are located in Panama and Costa Rica, and the remaining nine are located in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

According to the report "Transportation in Central America: importance in the regional economy", prepared by the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration, Panama is the country in the region that has the broadest airport infrastructure, since it has seven international airports, followed by Costa Rica and Honduras with four air terminals each, El Salvador and Guatemala with two each, and finally Nicaragua with an international terminal. 

The report states that air transport is least used in terms of cargo transport. According to data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in 2016 it generated $228 million in exports of this service to Central America.

For its part, international volumes of cargo transported by air have decreased since the beginning of 2015 to the present, compared with the figures reported in 2009 and 2010. The downward trend is not only regional, global indicators of air transport volume indicate that these increased at the beginning of 2017, but the monthly growth rate stagnated in June and fell in July (WTO, 2017). Therefore, demand for air cargo in Central America has shown slight growth of 2% in 2011 with respect to the previous year (JICA, 2017).

See full report (In Spanish).



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