Restart of flights in Central America scheduled between August and September

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Restart of flights in Central America scheduled between August and September
Thu July 30, 2020

Since March 2020, its activity was interrupted due to the global emergency caused by the Coronavirus


The strategic position of the region has consolidated it over the years as a world-class logistics platform for the transport of cargo and passengers. Its 29 airports have guaranteed a more connected and competitive region, however, since March 2020, its activity was interrupted due to the global emergency caused by the Coronavirus.

The post-COVID-19 recovery phase has cautiously begun to take some decisive steps toward reopening commercial air activity in Central America and the Dominican Republic. The Flight Reactivation Plan will be focused mainly on the particular conditions of the countries, as well as gradualness, order, harmonization, and operational and health safety.

Belize International Airport, Philip Goldson, is scheduled to open on August 15, as part of the reopening strategy for tourism in five phases of the country. To this end, Belize is implementing all sanitary measures to guide tourists who are planning to travel in the coming months.

Guatemala has started a gradual reopening of the economy under an alert board system similar to the colors of a traffic light. In this sense, work is underway to implement all the health protocols to restart air traffic. According to the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC), it is estimated that the operations of La Aurora International Airport will be opened for commercial trips during the first 2 weeks of September, this would also mean opening borders. More information here.

El Salvador has set new dates for the reopening of its economy. Civil aviation schools are expected to begin operations on August 20. However, the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA) has reported that it will be until September 4 when the air terminal opens its skies to receive passengers and commercial flights with strict biosecurity protocols. Meanwhile, the country continues to service cargo, humanitarian and repatriation flights to Salvadorans. In addition, the circulation of local flights in the territory.

Honduras plans to open its 4 airports during the first 2 weeks of August with local flights and, subsequently, start operations to receive international travel. The Honduran Civil Aeronautics Agency has reported that the entire air transport supply chain is ready with biosecurity, health, training and investment measures to start commercial activity.

For its part, Nicaragua has announced through the Nicaraguan Civil Aviation Institute (INAC) the reopening of the Augusto Sandino International Airport, scheduled for the first weeks of August. For this, a protocol has been adopted that the airlines must comply with. In addition, the measures already announced by the Ministry of Health regarding passenger handling and requirements to enter the country.

Costa Rica has communicated the entry into force of phase 3 of reopening of economic activities. In this sense, international airports are scheduled to open on August 1 for flights from countries of the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada. Tourists must present a certified negative proof of the covid-19 at least 48 hours before the trip, and have travel insurance that covers a possible quarantine. To guarantee the safety of travelers, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation will be applying a very strict health protocol endorsed by the country's Ministry of Public Health.

Panama has declared through its National Authorities that it plans to reopen the International Airport on August 21 to start commercial operations for tourists from countries with pandemic control. At the moment, the Civil Aviation Authority of Panama has reported that the country is only receiving humanitarian repatriation flights, transportation of medical equipment and supplies, of medicines, food and other supplies necessary for the pandemic

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