The El Salvador Pacific Airport. Entering final Preparation Stages Before Construction

By Eddie Galdamez  | Updated on May 1st, 2022
El Salvador Pacific Airport
El Salvador Pacific Airport. Image by Nayib Bukele

The El Salvador Pacific Airport is a new international airport set to be built in the eastern part of El Salvador, in the department of La Union near the Gulf of Fonseca.

The new airport is a campaign promise that President Nayib Bukele made to the people of Eastern El Salvador. According to CEPA, the construction of the new airport will begin in 2023.

The initial public offering for the study and design of the Pacific Airport Project was launched in March 2020.

During the process, 44 international companies showed interest, of which 30 were pre-qualified. Finally, 11 companies presented their technical and economic offers to the Government.

Legislative Assembly approves laws to build the Pacific Airport.

On June 26th, 2022, the Legislative Assembly approved the legal framework to facilitate the start of the construction of the Pacific Airport mega-project.

The approval of the legal framework is one of the last steps needed for the start of its construction.

According to CEPA, the law will allow them “to advance in a transparent and agile way the construction, administration, and maintenance of this project.”

The Pacific International Airport is a fundamental part of the economic, tourist, and industrial development of the eastern part of El Salvador.

New Pacific Airport in El Salvador
New Pacific Airport in El Salvador.

Once completed, the Pacific Airport is expected to generate more than 4,700 new jobs in its first year of operation.

Why is the New Pacific Airport El Salvador Important to the Region?

The new Pacific airport will have a big economic benefit to the region. It will increase tourism and create new job opportunities. Also, it will benefit people who travel in and out of the eastern part of El Salvador.

An international airport in the department of La Union will increase tourism in the region. Many tourists don’t visit the tourist spots located in the eastern part of the country due to the time it takes to get there, from the current airport.

Popular tourist locations such as El Cuco beach, the Fonseca Gulf, and the Conchagua volcano will gain considerably from the new airport.

If tourism to the area increases, it will create job opportunities in the tourism industry. Also, the airport itself will create jobs directly.

Having an airport in Eastern El Salvador will mean another option for travelers in the region. As of right now, it can take from three to five hours to reach the Oscar Arnulfo Romero international airport from the city of La Union. The Pacific Airport El Salvador will change that.

The El Salvador Pacific Airport

Even though the El Salvador pacific airport is in the planning stages. People in the eastern part of the country are optimistic about it.

This airport will have a tremendous impact on the region and the people in the area. There is no secret that when it comes to development, the eastern part of El Salvador is trailing.

New Pacific Airport
New Airport in La Union.

The Pacific Airport will represent a new pole of development for the country, which will allow it to be positioned as a strategic point of trade in the region.

This airport is one of the emblematic projects of the Nayib Bukele Government, contemplated within the Cuscatlan Plan. It will economically enhance the eastern part of the country.