The Canadian airline, Air Transat, explores the return of its operations in El Salvador

El Salvador is becoming an attractive destination for landing new investments. The commitment to security, anti-inflation economic measures, and support for local and international projects has been key to the establishment of new investors.

In this scenario, in recent months, several airlines have announced the start of operations in El Salvador, while others are exploring their arrival in the country, such is the case of the Canadian airline Air Transat, which seeks to return to the runways of El Salvador International Airport. El Salvador, San Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez.

It should be noted that Air Transat, Transat A.T. Inc. is an airline with a hub in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and operates scheduled and charter flights to ninety destinations in 25 countries. During the summer season, its main destinations are Europe, and in the winter season, the Caribbean, Mexico, the United States, and South America.

The announcement of the return of the Canadian airline was made by the presidential commissioner for Strategic Projects, Cristian Flores, who stated that after participating in the forum of the Canadian Council for the Americas last Monday, the first step for the return of operations was taken.

«El Salvador continues to attract more companies from the aeronautical sector. Flores assured that «we will work together to expand the air offer in El Salvador and Canada.»

According to Flores, the three phases that must be carried out to operate in the country are: the first, to specify the necessary procedures to restart operations in the country; the second, to extend their services for a period of time per year greater than what they did previously; and the third, to establish itself as a regular and low-cost airline with service between Canada, El Salvador, and other destinations throughout the year.

The official stressed that Air Transat would be the first airline to bring to the country one of the new, state-of-the-art A321neo Max aircraft.

In 2016, El Salvador received the first flight of the Canadian airline that operated chartered trips during a certain period of the year, coinciding with the winter season in Canada. The flights were directly linked to passengers visiting a beach resort.

On the other hand, Commissioner Flores indicated that after the experience achieved with the Dominican airline Arajet, which in less than four months completed its procedures, obtained permits, and began operations on September 17, Air Transat is interested not only in finalizing its return plans for operations in El Salvador, but also in connecting the country to the rest of Central America.

«We are working inter-institutionally to finalize this new investment in the shortest possible time. The trust generated by the government allows more companies from all areas, such as the aeronautical sector, to be interested in arriving and establishing themselves in El Salvador as a destination and hub to operate in the region,» Flores concluded.

Until August of this year, the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur) indicated that the number of American and Canadian tourists visiting the country had increased by up to 75%. In addition, 13 commercial airlines operate in the country.