Translated from Notipellas – July 22nd, 2014
A subsidiary business of the Pellas Group, ‘Corporacion del Sur,’ with the backing of INTUR (Nicaraguan Institue of Tourism), the technical support of the EEAI (Business Administration of International Airports) and the INAC (Civil Aviation Institute of Nicaragua) has started the first phase of construction of the new airport ‘Aeropuerto Costa Esmeralda’ (ACE).
Located in the heart of the touristic zone known as ‘the South Triangle,’ comprised of the colonial city of Granada, Ometepe Island & San Juan del Sur, it’s estimated that in the next 15 years the airport will increase tourist traffic by 300,000 passengers annually, countrywide.
The airport, located 17 kms. from the town of Tola, along the Salinas Highway, will initially have a 1,525 meter long airstrip with the possibility of extending the airstrip to 2,500 meters and capacity to receive 50 passenger planes.
The airport terminal will be just under a hectare in size and will initially have an area for disembarking passengers, retail, a baggage handling office, a place for the crew to rest and a refueling area.
There is already interest from local carriers and business owners to open a route between Managua, Costa Esmeralda and Corn Island. Following the procedures established by INAC, the airport may receive flights from outside Nicaragua.
The construction phase of the airport will generate 96 direct jobs and up to 300 indirect jobs during its operation, scheduled to begin early next year. Once construction is complete, between 30-40 direct jobs and 120 indirect jobs will be created.
The estimated cost of the airport is US $12.6 Million.
This project will have a catalytic effect, not only for the tourism industry in the area, but also in the economic development of the surrounding communities and related services such as ground transportation, travel agencies and food & beverage services, just to name a few.
The airport will further propel the Emerald Coast and Nicaragua as a legitimate international tourist destination.