List of the busiest airports in Central America

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Tocumen International Airport, serving Panamá City, Panamá is currently the region's busiest airport by passenger traffic.

This is a list of the busiest airports in Central America by passenger traffic, a statistic available for almost all the airstrips taken into account. The present list intends to include all the international and domestic airports located in the area geographically defined as Central America, comprising Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

Because each country has a different body to control these statistics, the compilation of data is difficult and not homogeneously distributed. The information here presented represents the best available data in different Internet sources. The ranking is ordered according to total passenger traffic (unless the footnotes indicate otherwise). Information on aircraft movements or cargo movements is not available for all the airports.

Ranking of airports, 2013[edit]

Country Airport Name IATA/ICAO Code City Served Passengers
1. Flag of Panama.svgPanama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 6,962,608[1]
2. Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC San José 3,872,467[2]
3. Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP San Salvador 2,113,740[3]
4. Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala La Aurora International Airport GUA/MDGT Guatemala City 1,900,000[5]
5. Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG Managua 1,100.000[4]
6. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM San Pedro Sula 900,000[6]
7. Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Daniel Oduber International Airport LIR/MRLB Liberia 652,949[2]
8. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG Tegucigalpa 681,000[6]
9. Flag of Belize.svg Belize Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport BZE/MZBZ Belize City 500,000[11]
10. Flag of Panama.svg Panama Albrook International Airport PAC/MPMG Panamá City 310,000[7]
11. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO Roatán 548,000[6]
12. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC La Ceiba 179,000[6]
13. Flag of Panama.svg Panama Enrique Malek International Airport DAV/MPDA David 155,000[7]
14. Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala Mundo Maya International Airport FRS/MGTK Flores/Tikal 100,000[9]
15. Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Tobías Bolaños International Airport SYQ/MRPV San José 86,898[02]
16. Flag of Panama.svgPanama Bocas del Toro International Airport BOC/MPBO Bocas/Isla Colón 75,00[7]
17. Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica La Managua Airport XQP/MRQP Quepos 31,000[10]
18. Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Tambor Airport TMU/MRTR Tambor 28,000[10]
19. Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaragua Bluefields Airport BEF/MNBL Bluefields 25,000[5]
20. Flag of Panama.svg Panama Capitán Manuel Niño International Airport CHX/MPCH Changuinola 24,000[7]

Ranking of airports, 2010[edit]

Country Airport Name IATA/ICAO Code City Served Passengers
1. Flag of Panama.svgPanama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 5,042,410[1]
2. Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC San José 3,858,401[2]
3. Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP San Salvador 1,976,326[3]
4. Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala La Aurora International Airport GUA/MGGT Guatemala City 1,970,618[4]
5. Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG Managua 1,102,200[5]
6. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM San Pedro Sula 742,000[6]
7. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG Tegucigalpa 493,000[6]
8. Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Daniel Oduber International Airport LIR/MRLB Liberia 443,585[7]
9. Flag of Panama.svg Panama Albrook International Airport PAC/MPMG Panamá City 269,443[8]
10. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO Roatán 214,000[6]
11. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC La Ceiba 181,000[6]
12. Flag of Belize.svg Belize Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport BZE/MZBZ Belize City 172,402[9]
13. Flag of Panama.svg Panama Enrique Malek International Airport DAV/MPDA David 117,260[8]
14. Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Tobías Bolaños International Airport SYQ/MRPV San José 101,573[10]
15. Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala Mundo Maya International Airport FRS/MGTK Flores/Tikal 100,525[11]
16. Flag of Panama.svgPanama Bocas del Toro International Airport BOC/MPBO Bocas/Isla Colón 59,091[8]
17. Flag of Nicaragua.svgNicaragua Bluefields Airport BEF/MNBL Bluefields 21,894[5]

Ranking of airports, 2009[edit]

Ordered by total passenger traffic, international and domestic, with final data for 2009.

Country Airport Name IATA/ICAO Code City Served Passengers
1. Flag of Panama.svgPanama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 4,748,623[1]
2. Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC San José 3,730,187[2]
3. Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP San Salvador 2,076,258[3]
4. Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala La Aurora International Airport GUA/MGGT Guatemala City 1,948,662[4]
5. Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG Managua 1,089,992[5]
6. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM San Pedro Sula 742,000[6]
7. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG Tegucigalpa 565,000[6]
8. Flag of Belize.svg Belize Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport BZE/MZBZ Belize City 450,000[7]
9. Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Daniel Oduber International Airport LIR/MRLB Liberia 376,858[2]
10. Flag of Panama.svg Panama Albrook International Airport PAC/MPMG Panamá City 269,002[8]
11. Flag of Panama.svg Panama Enrique Malek International Airport DAV/MPDA David 122,940[10]
12. Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala Mundo Maya International Airport FRS/MGTK Flores/Tikal 111,893[9]
13. Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Tobías Bolaños International Airport SYQ/MRPV San José 104,343[11]
14. Flag of Panama.svgPanama Bocas del Toro International Airport BOC/MPBO Bocas/Isla Colón 63,325[10]
15. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport RTB/MHRO Roatan 60,150[11]

Ranking of airports, 2008[edit]

According to Airports Council International's World Airport Traffic Report 2009, and ordered by total passenger traffic (international and domestic), total aircraft movements and total cargo (freight and mail, in metric tonnes)[12]. Information for Guatemala and Belize airports are excluded in this report, as well as some other airports in Costa Rica Rica and Panama.

Country Airport Name IATA/ICAO Passengers Movements Cargo
1. Flag of Panama.svg Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO 4,549,170 80,694 86,588
2. Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC 3,238,602 77,114 78,850
3. Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP 1,570,012 33,922 28,162
4. Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG 1,192,489 18,222 42,621
5. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM 840,592 29,278 7,498
6. Flag of Honduras.svgHonduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG 452,144 20,324 4,668
7. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO 209,310 11,822 0
8. Flag of Honduras.svgHonduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC 202,864 21,739 0

Ranking of airports, 2006[edit]

According to Airports Council International's World Airport Traffic Report 2006, and ordered by total passenger traffic (international and domestic), total aircraft movements and total cargo (freight and mail, in metric tonnes)[12]. Information for Guatemala and Belize airports are excluded in this report, as well as some other airports in Costa Rica Rica and Panama.

Country Airport Name IATA/ICAO Passengers Movements Cargo
1. Flag of Panama.svg Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO 3,215,423 61,161 82,186
2. Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC 2,623,464 62,158 81,179
3. Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP 1,624,814 38,264 29,805
4. Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG 1,089,992 30,991 21,700
5. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM 593,374 24,680 6,695
6. Flag of Honduras.svgHonduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG 545,586 17,904 5,081
7. Flag of Honduras.svgHonduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC 230,640 22,744 0
8. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO 208,152 11,406 0

Ranking of airports, 2005[edit]

According to Airports Council International's World Airport Traffic Report 2006, and ordered by total passenger traffic (international and domestic), total aircraft movements and total cargo (freight and mail, in metric tonnes)[12]. Information for Guatemala and Belize airports are excluded in this report, as well as some other airports in Costa Rica Rica and Panama.

Country Airport Name IATA/ICAO Passengers Movements Cargo
1. Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC 2,836,867 69,060 82,959
2. Flag of Panama.svg Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO 2,756,948 56,837 103,164
3. Flag of El Salvador.svgEl Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP 1,640,721 40,570 25,969
4. Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG 1,062,704 30,902 19,214
5. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM 586,120 24,984 7,300
6. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG 516,840 17,886 5,083
7. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC 254,554 25,894 0
8. Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO 215,994 12,942 0

Notes[edit]

1. ^ Total Passenger Traffic for 2012, as presented on the airport website. Statistical Report 2012.
2. ^ Total Passenger Traffic for 2012, as presented by Costa Rica's Civil Aviation Authority website, Air Transport Statistical Report 2012.
3. ^ According to the airport website. See El Salvador International Airport Statistics, 2012.
4. ^ Important: International Passenger Traffic for 2012 only, reported by Directorate-General of Civil Aeronautics of Guatemala. Sum up of Total Arrivals (1,053,553) and Total Departures (1,036,821) according to Statistics Section, DGAC".
5. ^ Information available on the airport website. See "Traffic Data" section. The number represents the sum of total International Incoming (545,149), International Departure (511,670), Domestic Incoming (75,661) and Domestic Departure (69,164) passengers, for 2012.
6. ^ Approximate data of total passenger traffic for 2012, according to Zurich Airport report. Zurich Airport's Facts and Figures, 2012.
7. ^ Estimated passenger traffic, according to Panama's Civil Aviation Authority website, Domestic statistics 2011.
8. ^ HVS Florida Consulting & Valuation. Mother Nature's Best Kept Secret.
9. ^ Estimated data, according to the Civil Aviation authority of Guatemala's Santa Elena Airport Statistics.
10. ^ Estimated data, according to the Civil Aviation authority of Costa Rica's 2011 Statistics Annuary.
11. ^ Estimated data, according to the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport Authority Graphical statistics.