Thursday, March 12, 2009

Guatemalan Airport Modernization

During his visit to Montreal, Canada, Vice President Rafael Espada told representatives of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the Guatemala government's plan to modernize its airport system, including the construction of new air terminals and the remodeling others.

Espada said that the plan is to be implemented over the next 50 years and includes building an international airport in the Pacific side, one in Puerto Barrios, and another in the Trifinio area, where the borders of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala come together.

The official also mentioned the renovation of the Mundo Maya airport in Petén as the gateway to tourism, especially for the park Cuatro Balam, which President Colom is promoting.

The cost of this ambitious project has not yet been estimated. It must include the purchase of radar systems and air traffic control systems, among others, and measures to strengthen the Directorate of Immigration and Civil Aviation.

The works would be implemented through the law of public / private partnerships which is awaiting approval by Congress.

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