El Salvador International Airport Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (SAL), previously known as Comalapa International Airport is the only international airport in El Salvador. It is located in San Luis Talpa, Department of La Paz, about 40 kilometers from the country’s capital, San Salvador.
The Salvadoran Autonomous Executive Port Commission or CEPA, announced today March 31st, that the International Airport will continue to be closed until April 19, 2020. Only cargo and humanitarian planes are allowed.
According to SkyTrax, in 2019, the international airport in El Salvador is in the top 5 of the best airports in Central America and the Caribbean. In Central America, only the following airports, Tocumen in Panama, and Juan Santamaría in Costa Rica ranks better than Oscar Arnulfo Romero’s international airport.
Arnulfo Romero international airport is one of the most modern in Central America, it has direct flights to major cities in the US, Central America, and some locations in South America and Europe.
This airport is the central hub for Avianca Airlines, formally known as TACA Airlines, considered the official airline of El Salvador.
The airport facilities at the terminal include restaurants, coffee shops, bars, duty-free shops, handicraft stores, tourist information offices, hotel booths, car rentals, and taxi services. Additionally, Wi-Fi connectivity is available throughout the terminal building.
Airlines that fly to El Salvador.
The following are the airlines that offer services to El Salvador; by far, Avianca airlines is the largest provider to the country, followed by Delta, American, and Volaris.
|American||www.aa.com||Fort Worth, TX|
|Copa||www.copaair.com||Panama City, Panama|
** Spirit Airlines will start its services to El Salvador around May 2020.
Busiest international routes
The following are the busiest international routes linked to El Salvador’s International Airport.
|#1||Los Angeles CA, USA||Avianca, Delta, Volaris|
|#2||Houston TX, USA||Avianca, Spirit, United|
|#3||Washington DC, USA||Avianca, Volaris|
|#4||Panama City, Panama||Avianca, Copa|
|#5||Miami FL, USA||Avianca, American|
|#6||San Jose Costa Rica||Avianca, Volaris|
|#7||New York NY, USA||Avianca, Volaris|
|#8||Mexico city, Mexico||Avianca, Aeromexico, Interjet|
|#9||Atlanta GA, USA||Delta|
|#10||San Francisco CA, USA||Avianca|
El Salvador international airport.
Arnulfo Romero airport was built in the late 1970s to replace Ilopango International Airport. The old airport near lake Ilopango is currently being used as a regional air taxi, military, and charter aviation.
The airport was built on the initiative and request of President Arturo Armando Molina. Funding for this airport was provided through the Government of Japan.
The Airport started running in January 1980 as Cuscatlan International Airport, the first flight was a TACA airliner bound for Guatemala City.
In March 2014, former President Mauricio Funes requested the name change for the International airport. The Legislature of El Salvador approved the name change of the airport to Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez.
Who manages the airport?
The Autonomous Executive Port Commission or CEPA is the principal governmental institution in charge of managing the international airport. If you need to, you can get in touch with them at (503)2537-1300.