Palmerola International Airport is a new airport being constructed in Comayagua, Honduras, to replace Toncontin International Airport, which is situated in the capital city of Tegucigalpa.
The new airport project is one of the prime initiatives taken by the Government of Honduras to increase the country’s productive infrastructure and transform it into a logistic and transport centre for the Central American region.
The Palmerola airport will be constructed on a site that is currently occupied by the Palmerola Air Base in the Valley of Comayagua, 70km from the capital city. The site is located in the axis road between Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.
Being developed under public-private partnership (PPP) model, the project is estimated to cost $163m.
The airport will be capable of handling approximately 1.5m passengers a year. It is designed to offer an operational life of 50 years and comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.
The first stage of the airport construction will take two years, while the entire project will generate 3,500 direct and 7,000 indirect jobs.
This project has national interest due to its potential impact on regional development, increasing the level of the country’s competitiveness, and in generating new opportunities and more jobs. It will be carried out by concession, through a Public International ContestaccordingtotheestablishedLawforthePromotionofPublicPrivatePartnerships.
Advantages and Benefits of the New Airport:
The new airport in Comayagua will feature a two-storey, 11,150m² passenger terminal with modern infrastructure, including 16 check-in desks, VIP lounges and three luggage carousels. The terminal will generate clean energy through solar panels.
The airport will also offer a 1,500m² air cargo terminals, a new control tower, hangars, auxiliary buildings, and a taxi way to connect the platform with the airfield, as well as air craft parking spaces for general, regional and commercial aviation. Existing air base systems will be adapted to comply with ICAO norms.
Other facilities will include a fire station, multi-purpose buildings, and a modernized parking area. Street access will be provided with a road joining the CA-5 road with Yarumela, along with new fencing and a perimeter road.
The Terminal will connect with Dry Channel:
According to the plans of the neighboring country, the new airport will be located next to the project called logistic corridor, which consists of the construction, extension and maintenance of 391.8 km of a highway that will cross the country with the objective of connecting the southern region with The northern region, to integrate the departments of Francisco Morazán, Valle, La Paz, Comayagua, Santa Bárbara and Cortés.
Honduras will thus modernize its airport infrastructure after Toncontín, located in the capital remained small and can only operate in the morning and afternoon. The Palmerola Airport will operate 24 hours a day for 365 days. In a first stage will have seven sleeves to connect with the aircraft?
Palmerola, through the dry channel that Honduras projects would be an hour from the Amatillo border.
The cargo area of Palmerola Airport could compete with that of the International Airport of El Salvador Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero (AIES-MOAR). Exporters from that country were using the Salvadoran terminal to send products to Europe, which represents a high cost. Farmers in the area are expected to use the new terminal.