A new international facility in Palemerola, which will become the country's main passenger gateway, is the centerpiece of a $300 million plan to improve Honduras' airports. Palemerola, 80 kilometers from Tegucigalpa, the capital, will largely replace tiny, cramped Tocontín. Plans announced this month by the public works ministry call for an investment of $129 million. Renovation of the Ramón Villeda Morales airport in San Pedro Sula, Honduras' second city, involve an investment of $52 million. Remaining funds will go to several local airports. Investors will bid for the right to build a facility and operate it as a concession for 29 years. The initial phase of the Palmerola plan calls for a terminal, through which one million passengers move each year, together with a cargo warehouse, and a runway suitable for jumbo jets. Four developers - two from the United States, and one each from Chile and China - have expressed interest in the projects, according to Honduran sources.
- Airport developers and operators
- Construction companies
- Equipment suppliers