La Aurora International Airport

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The International airport of Guatemala City " La Aurora " (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora, Guatemala City ) is an international airport in Guatemala's capital, Guatemala City. After completion of the renovation and the first stage of the expansion program, he was the end of 2007 to Central America's most modern airport. Latin American airline TACA has been here since 2008, an aviation hub. Scheduled flights from German speaking countries to Guatemala City there are over Mexico, the USA and Spain.

Construction and plans

Dating from the 1960s into the terminal with its pier was built prior to 2005 completely rebuilt by 2007. Instead eastward he now runs parallel to the airstrip in north-south direction. At the northern pier was completed in 2007 aircraft can dock on both sides. The three further stages see first before a pier in a southerly direction and then the extension of the two wings in a northerly and southerly direction. In the south the cargo terminal must be removed for this reason. On the east of the airstrip nearby military part of the headquarters of the Air Force of Guatemala should initially remain. This part also serves as a government airport. In the east and south are also facilities for domestic flights and General Aviation.

Since the nearly three -kilometer-long airstrip can be extended neither to the north ( road axis Bulevar Liberación ) nor in the south ( Colonia Santa Fé and Barranco Río Guadrón ) direction of over 1,500 meters, the airport is for large aircraft such as the Boeing 747 or the Airbus A -340 only partially usable. Fully fueled can not start non-stop flights across the Atlantic to machines of this size from Guatemala. For this reason, Iberia, for example, forced to carry out flights to Madrid on Panama City or San Salvador. Since the rest of the airport is completely surrounded by residential areas and no further start and runways more can be built, the plan was for a long time a major airport in Escuintla, near the Pacific coast. These plans have been abandoned but for cost reasons.