Increasing tourism and promoting greater mobility between El Salvador and Ecuador, through an Open Skies Agreement, is the commitment that both governments have for this year.
Under this vision, the president of the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (Cepa), Federico Anliker, met with the Deputy Minister of Transport Services and Public Works of Ecuador, José Luis Aguilar, to sign a document with which the negotiations formally began. to specify, in the medium term, an Open Skies Agreement.
«This type of agreement allows for lower tax rates on flights between countries» — Anliker explained on that occasion.
For its part, the Ecuadorian aeronautical authority stated that commercial air relations between El Salvador and the South American country are governed by the agreement on air transport signed more than 11 years ago, and recalled that years ago there was also an initiative, but it was never settled by previos Salvadoran governments.
At the meeting, which took place within the framework of Aviation Day Ecuador — an international event attended by industry experts, airline and airport executives, among others, along with government authorities — Anliker had the opportunity to talk with the Vice President of Ecuador, Alfredo Borrero Vega, about the positive progress that El Salvador has achieved under the leadership of President Nayib Bukele.
«A pleasure to have been able to talk with the president of CEPA. Thank you Federico Anliker for his interest in strengthening alliances with Ecuador » — said Vice president Borrero.
The modern terminus
The tourism and open skies policy is an instrument to make El Salvador a freer air operations center, which will generate benefits for the tourism industry and surrounding areas.
Currently, thanks to the expansion plan carried out by the government, the El Salvador International Airport has the capacity to serve more than 5 million passengers per year, double what the air terminal will receive in 2021.
In addition, CEPA indicated that, so far this year, this terminal has mobilized 801,385 incoming and outgoing passengers and operated 8,664 commercial flights.