New State-Of-The-Art Terminal at Ilopango International Airport in El Salvador Starts Operations

By Karla Ramos  |  Dec 8th, 2023

The Salvadoran Government, through the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA), has officially opened a modern passenger terminal at Ilopango International Airport. This state-of-the-art facility, funded by a $684,000 investment from CEPA, is designed to accommodate up to 40,000 users annually.

CEPA president Federico Anliker conducted the inauguration yesterday, December 7, at the Ilopango International Airport.

Now, we have comfortable modern facilities and an executive approach to welcoming business passengers, investors, tourists, and nationals who visit El Salvador for different activities. Federico Anliker.

Anliker clarified that the new terminal will triple the existing passenger capacity, signifying a significant enhancement in service, security standards, and the ability to cater to 40,000 users annually.

As per CEPA authorities, the recently inaugurated terminal comprises waiting rooms, executive offices for meetings, and rest areas dedicated to pilots and flying crews.

Additionally, it houses offices for the General Directorate of Customs, the General Directorate of Immigration, and the National Civil Police (PNC).

“After almost 60 years, we are making these historic investments in El Salvador. Previous governments wanted to leave it abandoned; they even wanted to turn it into a bus terminal,” declared CEPA president Federico Anliker.

Included in the new facilities is a VIP Lounge from Aeroconnections, a seasoned commercial partner specializing in VIP lounges. This terminal is a fundamental component of the Airport modernization project, encompassing the renewal of the asphalt surface and the construction of a perimeter wall.

“We are investing more than $1.1 million for infrastructure, operational safety, and equipment at the Ilopango International Airport,” indicated the president of CEPA, detailing the scope of this renovation that drives the growth of aviation.

Anliker emphasized the increase in international and local air traffic, with 25% more private flights and a 10.9% increase in general aviation. Additionally, more than 8,000 passengers have used this terminal in 2023, representing an increase of 19.6% compared to the previous year.

The country’s improved security and increased investments in Salvadoran cultural spaces have contributed to a rise in tourism to El Salvador. Consequently, upgrades to the Ilopango International Airport became imperative to accommodate the growing influx of visitors.