The chairman of the board of AviancaTaca told Laprensagrafica.com that Comalapa airport needs not only improvements, but a complete update according to a master plan designed by Aéroports de Paris.
Kriete said, "Let me clarify something, because I was surprised by a Government official who once told me this: 'The thing is that you want the government to give you an airport." Gentlemen, airports are paid for by airlines and users and not the government. The government has to make the investment and get the credit, but the money is paid by the airlines and users, so nothing is given for free, it is an investment in infrastructure that is paid for, not like a road, but rather something that users and airlines pay for many times. CEPA makes a lot of money with this investment, the problem with CEPA is that all funds that were for the expansion of the airport have gone to cover the hole left by the white elephant that is the port of La Union. CEPA has spent more than $120 million on that port, so far the only thing it has is a concrete ramp with a channel that is collecting dirt. This is the country’s problem with the airport: lack of funds because CEPA has spent the money on covering the port, maintaining and satisfying the demands of that white elephant. "
Asked by journalist Mariana Belloso about what would happen if the government does not execute the master plan, Kriete said, "they have to execute it, we wont consider a no, it has to be executed. If not, then we will see, but I have every expectation and I am sure it will be executed. Either they execute it or I will. I have proposed to the Government that they rent me the land, to AviancaTaca, and we are willing to build our own terminal if they do not want do it. "
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Without ruling out the idea of building their own airport terminal, the airline will wait to see how the modernization works initiated by the Executive Port Commission (CEPA) evolve.
Fidel Chavez Mena, vice president and legal representative of TACA, said that after meetings with representatives from CEPA, they have agreed to wait and see how the financing of the works evolves.
The government of El Salvador and AviancaTaca managers are working together to explore possibilities for the renewal and expansion of the International Airport of El Salvador.
Roberto Kriete, Chairman of the Board of AviancaTaca, said they are working together with representatives from the State and the Autonomous Executive Port Commission, to find a solution for the redevelopment of the airport terminal.
The government of El Salvador has welcomed an announcement by the President of the airline of their intention to build its own terminal at Comalapa.
The Technical Secretary of the Presidency, Alexander Segovia, in light of statements by AviancaTaca’s CEO Roberto Kriete said, "A few weeks ago, the president of TACA approached us.
In the absence of plans for the expansion of the El Salvador International Airport, the airline is hoping to settle in another of the region’s capitals.
Comalapa airport is home to AviancaTaca and its air hub in the region, but it is becoming stretched to capacity and inadequate for the airline’s expansion plans.