|Augusto César Sandino International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Augusto C. Sandino
|IATA: MGA ICAO: MNMG
|Airport type||Public and Military|
|Owner||Republica de Nicaragua|
|Hub for||* Air Nicaragua|
|Elevation AMSL||194 ft / 59 m|
Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Augusto César Sandino) (IATA: MGA, ICAO: MNMG) is the main airport in Managua, Nicaragua. Inaugurated as Las Mercedes Airport in 1968 it was later renamed Augusto César Sandino International Airport during the Sandinista regime in 1980s and again in 2001 to Managua International Airport by then president Arnoldo Alemán. Its name was changed once more in February 2007 to its current name by President Daniel Ortega in honor of Nicaragua's national hero, Augusto César Sandino.
The runway at the airport is 8,015 feet long, and has an elevation of 194 feet. With 1.1 million passengers per year, Augusto C. Sandino International Airport is currently the fifth busiest airport by passenger traffic in Central America. The airport also serves as a hub for the Panamanian airline Copa Airlines.
On January 22, 1942, the Government of Nicaragua and Pan American Airways signed a contract to construct an airport under the name of Las Mercedes Airport. After the construction was finished the airport was inaugurated on July 4, 1968 by Anastasio Somoza Debayle. Las Mercedes Airport was designed to be able to be used by Boeing 707 aircraft.
In the early 1970s, Las Mercedes was expanded to more modern standards, such as four health inspectors, eight immigration officers and ten customs inspectors. It was considered fully equipped, having air conditioning, background music, loudspeakers and conveyor belts for baggage handling. It also had a restaurant on its upper floor where visitors and travelers could see airport movement.
This expanded airport could serve three aircraft at once, and by 1975, Pan Am and Iberia, Lanica Airlines, the Airline of Nicaragua as well as other, smaller local carriers, flew into Las Mercedes. When the Sandinistas took power, the airport was named after Augusto César Sandino, a Nicaraguan revolutionary and guerrilla leader, after whom the Sandinista movement is named. The Sandinistas however did not maintain the airport, and it began to deteriorate until it was expanded and remodeled in 1996, when, among other things, two new boarding bridges were installed. The airport was renamed "Managua International Airport" in 2001 and renamed again in 2007 to its current name by President Daniel Ortega.
The airport has served for a very long time as a hub for Nicaragua's flag carrier, NICA. When NICA became a member of Grupo TACA during the 1990s, the number of important connections to the rest of Latin America from the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport grew considerably.
The Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, managed by EAAI, is considered one of the best and most modern airports in Central America. This airport, located just 11 km (7 mi) from the city center of Managua, has a runway which measures 8,015 ft (2,443 m) in length and is at an elevation of 194 ft (59 m).
A large expansion programme was underway by 2003 and as of July 2006 the final phase was completed with 11 gates equipped with jetways, and room for 20 airplanes to park. Currently the runway is also being expanded by 800 m (2,625 ft).
About 360 individuals are employed at the airport. Facilities within Augusto C. Sandino International Airport include a tourist information desk, bank, restaurants, bars, post office, souvenir shops, duty free shops, lounges and more. To make use of the VIP lounge there are five rate options: Normal, Corporate, Affiliated Credit Cards, Minors and Infants. The types of services in the VIP lounge include checking baggage and documents with customs and immigration plus the airline; a bar service; snacks etc.
|Air Transat||Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau|
|Copa Airlines||Guatemala City, Panama City, San José (CR)|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|
|La Costena||Bluefields, Bonanza, Corn Island, La Poloma, Puerto Cabezas, Rio San Juan, Rosita, San Carlos, Siuna, Waspam|
|Nature Air||San José (CR)|
|Spirit Airlines||Fort Lauderdale|
|TACA Airlines||Miami, San José (CR), San Salvador|