ICAO will decide Toncontin’s future

The government will ask the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to dictate the type and size of airplanes to land at the Toncontin airport in Tegucigalpa in order to authorize international flights according to this, the plans to transfer the capital’s airport to the Palmerola air base continue.

The previous was proposed yesterday by the president Manuel Zelaya to the active forces of Tegucigalpa, who accepted these terms and admitted they will be responsible along with the government for any risk of the passengers traveling thru this terminal that has been closed since May 30th when a Taca airplane crashed and caused the death of five people.

This determination was taken after a six hour meeting between President Manuel Zelaya, business representatives from the capital, the catholic and evangelist church, the mayors of Tegucigalpa and Comayagua, and authorities from different communities from Comayagua and Francisco Morazan.

At the end of the meeting an official notice was read where the first point says “in order to conclude with the established chronogram, in order to give Tegucigalpa a new airport other than Toncontin, as Palmerola will be, the president Manuel Zelaya will follow up with each stage of the process”.

The second point says “we have to wait for the decision from the ICAO in a term of eight days about the conditions of the Toncontin airport for the normal and secure development of their aviation”.

After ICAO establishes what type of airplanes gather the conditions to land and take off from the Toncontin airport, the government will assume responsibility of applying the same regulations for flights taking off from Toncontin to other destinations.

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