The facilities of the International Airport of El Salvador San Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, received this Wednesday night the visit of the CEO of Avianca Group, Adrián Neuhauser, who was accompanied by senior executives of the airline, and government authorities.
During his visit, Neuhauser, who took over as head of the airline last year, had the opportunity to learn about the modernization projects carried out by the Government, through the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA), at the facilities airports.
After the tour, the CEO of Avianca informed that his visit to the country seeks to follow up on the growth opportunities that the airline has in El Salvador, at the same time, to continue the joint work they maintain with CEPA.
Neuhauser explained that the pipeline of projects they have in El Salvador for this year is focused on customer service, improvements in the check-in and luggage area in their service area, automation, modernization of kiosks, among others.
“So far this year, with the investments we make for customer service, equipment and routes, we have invested close to $30 million and next year we hope to double it,” said Neuhauser.
Currently, Avianca operates 20 routes from in El Salvador; However, the senior executive anticipated that as of December of this year they will open two new routes and by 2023 they hope to open another six.
“We are analyzing how we can concentrate our operation more, taking advantage of the terminal that has been built in El Salvador, in order to provide more connectivity and growth and more routes from here,” he said.
In his opinion, all the investments made in airport infrastructure are important because this is the “great arrival gate” of each nation.
Neuhauser also highlighted the government’s commitment to the hotel sector and citizen security, which boosts tourism, at the same time as the airline’s projections in the country, from where they hope to continue moving more and more passengers.
According to airline figures, so far this year, it has mobilized 800,000 passengers and plans to reach 1.5 million by the end of 2022, for which it will continue to incorporate more fleet and seats.
Also during the visit, Neuhauser hinted at the interest in operating at the Pacific Airport, one of President Nayib Bukele’s flagship projects, since as a company they are focused “on any investment in important infrastructure that occurs in the country.”
Investment in air terminal
For his part, the president of CEPA, Federico Anliker, affirmed that the arrival of the CEO of Avianca reaffirms the confidence of businessmen in the Government of President Bukele.
“We continue to work with the open skies policy. We maintain it since healthy competition is very good for the country and to have more opportunities and routes. In addition, it is part of what we are talking about to be able to open new destinations so that Salvadorans and tourists have new opportunities and can come to the country to get to know it », he commented.
He also reported that the investments in the airport continue, in works such as the expansion of the parking area, the check-in area, the counters, and baggage belts, all in accordance with the modernization of the facilities that now have five waiting rooms. and a total of 900 seats for passenger comfort.
“We are analyzing how we concentrate our operation more, taking advantage of the new terminal that has been built in El Salvador, to provide greater connectivity and growth in more routes from this country.”
Adrian Neuhauser, CEO of Avianca Holdings.