El Salvador International Airport

By Eddie Galdamez on September 13, 2020

El Salvador International Airport. Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez.

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.

El Salvador Airport reopening begins on September 19th.

Starting on September 19th, 2020, El Salvador airport will open for commercial flights. To enter the Salvadoran territory, travelers must have a negative PCR, regardless of nationality or country of origin.

The following operators will commence comercial travel on the 19th; Spirit, Copa Airlines, Aerorutas Maya, Iberia, American Airlines, Amerijet, Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos (TAG), Delta Airlines, Volaris, United Airlines, and Avianca.

Before booking your flight, make sure you contact the airline for any additional requirements. You can also get more information ate the CEPA website.

El Salvador International Airport.

According to SkyTrax, in 2019, the El Salvador 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.

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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.

AirlineWebsiteHeadquarters
*Aviancawww.avianca.comEl Salvador
Americanwww.aa.comFort Worth, TX
Deltawww.delta.comAtlanta GA
Unitedwww.united.comChicago IL
Copawww.copaair.comPanama City, Panama
Volariswww.volaris.comCosta Rica
Aeromexicowww.aeromexico.comMexico
Interjetwww.interjet.comMexico
Iberiawww.iberia.com Madrid Spain
**Spiritwww.spirit.comMiami FL
* Avianca El Salvador used to be TACA airlines, the official airline of El Salvador. Avianca is the flagship name for a group of Latin American airlines, whose operations are linked to function as one airline.
** 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.

RankDestinationAirlines
#1Los Angeles CA, USAAvianca, Delta, Volaris
#2Houston TX, USAAvianca, Spirit, United
#3Washington DC, USAAvianca, Volaris
#4Panama City, PanamaAvianca, Copa
#5Miami FL, USAAvianca, American
#6San Jose Costa RicaAvianca, Volaris
#7New York NY, USAAvianca, Volaris
#8Mexico city, MexicoAvianca, Aeromexico, Interjet
#9Atlanta GA, USADelta
#10San Francisco CA, USAAvianca
El Salvador International Airport

El Salvador 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.

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In March 2014, former President Mauricio Funes requested the name change for the El Salvador 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 El Salvador airport. If you need to, you can get in touch with them at (503)2537-1300.