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Comalapa El Salvador (SAL) Airport

Comalapa El Salvador SAL Airport Overview

Comalapa El Salvador International Airport SAL is the primary airport of El Salvador, and the third-busiest  in Central America.

The Airport is located near Comalapa, on the central Pacific coast of El Tamarindo, La Union, and less than 50 km from the capital city of San Salvador. From San Salvador, the Airport and can be reached via an excellent road system within 45 minutes by motorway 2, taking the exit to RN 5 south.   The Costa del Sol beach is only 20 mins from the Airport.

With two runways and 2.1 million passengers in 2012, El Salvador Airport is a hub for TACA Airlines and is served by a number of international Airlines (including American, Delta & United) offering direct and connecting flights to Central, South and North American cities.

All passengers traveling to the U.S. are being screened prior to entering the departure waiting area by officers with official badges of the Salvadorean drug enforcement agency.
2. The U.S. Embassy in San Salvador is located on Final Blvd. Santa Elena Sur (tel. 011-503-2501-2999 8:15am-11:30am weekdays or call 011-503-2501-2316 / 2253).
3.  The departure fee of $37.13 must be paid in cash; a tourist card (if you need one on arrival) costs $10 in cash.

The present passenger terminal at El Salvador Comalapa Airport is divided into an Upper and a Lower Level.  The Lower Level has gates 1-9 and is for all airlines, other than TACA; the Uper Level has gates 10-17 and is for TACA Airlines, TACA Peru & TACA Regional. NOTE that the terminal is presently, and will undergo until late 2014, considerable changes, including a Terminal 2 extension. (see below).

Passenger feedback regarding El Salvador Comalapa Airport has been very positive, with several of them remarking on the staff's excellent and cheerful service and on the terminal's efficient check-in, security, Immigration & Customs procedures. One passenger remarks on the wide choice of stores in the gate areas, and another is raving about the Tapacun Specialty Coffee House (which also sells its coffee beans).

Amenities & services in the terminal include duty-free shops carrying high-quality merchandise, such as clothing, perfumes, liquor, tobacco, etc., as well as a variety of local artisan shops, fast-food & a full-service restaurant with domestic & international fare, rental car and hotel desks (the Quality Hotel is only 5 minutes from the Airport); and banking/ATMs.

Parking options at El Salvador Airport: Short- and long-term are available next to the passenger terminals.

To get from El Salvador Airport to your destination you can rent a car, take a taxi, or one of the many hotel shuttles. 

Future Airport Developments:   While some renovation work on the terminal had started late 2012 (remodeling stairs, passenger elevator & improved air conditioning),  resufacing of runways, work in access & perimeter areas and on the high-tech systems at airline counters was to start early 2013.   Mid-February 2013 it was announced that CEPA, the Airport operator, has secured $58M for Airport upgrades - and intends to transform the airport in the next 18 months, so as to offer better service & quality and 'a better future for the country'. The new Terminal 2 extension is to be tentatively completed by year-end 2014.

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