Managua Sandino (MGA) Airport
Managua Sandino MGA Airport Overview
Nicaragua, known as the land of lakes and volcanoes, offers visitors countless tourist attractions and is known for its abundance of natural wealth, the warmth of its people and its history and customs.
MGA Airport is located on Lake Managua, 7 miles east of the city of Managua, and is the country's main airport, accessible directly via the Carretera Norte C1 or the Carretera A Sabana Grande.
With one long runway and about 1.2 million passengers annually, Managua Augusto Sandino International Airport is a focus city for Panamanian airline Copa and its national carrier Nicaraguense de Aviacion operating under Grupo TACA, and is served by by domestic & international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
- A flight transfer is now possible to the island of Ometepe, Department of Rivas - as the new Ometepe Airport was recently opened with a 1,500 meter long runway & Customs & Immigration facilities - currently served by 'Coastal' planes able to handle up to 40 passengers. (Coastal also flies from Ometepe to San Carlos, and from San Carlos to San Juan, Nicaragua.
- A departure tax of US$ 35 is currently levied on international flights - exception: transit passengers.
- By August 2015, Managua Airport started to be open 24/7. Also, more lines were added to go through customs & immigration, more staff was hired and trained to pay better attention to travelers, and improvements were made to passenger flow.
The passenger terminal of Managua Augusto Sandino Airport is divided into an East Wing (international sector) and a West Wing (domestic sector). Its domestic airline La Costena (tel. 505 263-2142, Ext. 2203; fax 505 263-1281) has its check-in counters in the West Wing, while international airlines' check-in desks are in the East Wing.
Amenities and services inside the passenger terminal include: Tourist/information desk, currency exchange (at Exit Hall), bank and ATMs, a cafeteria, and ice cream parlor, post office, souvenir and duty-free shops, lounges, rental car desks, hotel desks, and more.
The VIP lounge (tel. 505 233-1624, ext. 2355/99) on level 2, next to international departure and boarding lounges, has a five-tier rate option for: Standard, Corporate, Affiliated Credit Cards, and Minors/Infants. Its services include checking in baggage and clearing documents with customs, immigration, & airline; bar service; snacks, tv & internet access.
Parking: A small parking lot in front of the passenger terminal with 12 spaces serves as long- and short-term parking facility.