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. Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 7,784,328[1]
2. Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC San José 3,820,688[2]
3. El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP San Salvador 2,355,001[3]
4. Guatemala La Aurora International Airport GUA/MDGT Guatemala City 1,917,362[5]
5. Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG Managua 1,206.172[4]
6. Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM San Pedro Sula 763,000[6]
7. Costa Rica Daniel Oduber International Airport LIR/MRLB Liberia 663,246[2]
8. Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG Tegucigalpa 587,000[6]
9. Belize Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport BZE/MZBZ Belize City 518,000[11]
10. Panama Albrook International Airport PAC/MPMG Panamá City 315,000[7]
11. Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO Roatán 263,000[6]
12. Panama Enrique Malek International Airport DAV/MPDA David 165,000[7]
13. Honduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC La Ceiba 148,000[6]
14. Guatemala Mundo Maya International Airport FRS/MGTK Flores/Tikal 102,000[9]
15. Costa Rica Tobías Bolaños International Airport SYQ/MRPV San José 83,000[02]
16. Panama Bocas del Toro International Airport BOC/MPBO Bocas/Isla Colón 60,292[7]
17. Costa Rica La Managua Airport XQP/MRQP Quepos 31,000[10]
18. Costa Rica Tambor Airport TMU/MRTR Tambor 28,000[10]
19. Panama Capitán Manuel Niño International Airport CHX/MPCH Changuinola 15,842[7]
20. Nicaragua Bluefields Airport BEF/MNBL Bluefields 23,000[5]

Ranking of airports, 2012[edit]

Country Airport name IATA/ICAO Code City served Passengers
1. Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 6,962,608[1]
2. Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC San José 3,872,467[2]
3. El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP San Salvador 2,100,794[3]
4. Guatemala La Aurora International Airport GUA/MDGT Guatemala City 2,090,374[5]
5. Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG Managua 1,201.644[4]
6. Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM San Pedro Sula 769,000[6]
7. Costa Rica Daniel Oduber International Airport LIR/MRLB Liberia 668,762[2]
8. Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG Tegucigalpa 581,000[6]
9. Belize Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport BZE/MZBZ Belize City 502,000[11]
10. Panama Albrook International Airport PAC/MPMG Panamá City 276,378[7]
11. Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO Roatán 248,000[6]
12. Honduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC La Ceiba 175,000[6]
13. Panama Enrique Malek International Airport DAV/MPDA David 145,671[7]
14. Guatemala Mundo Maya International Airport FRS/MGTK Flores/Tikal 99,000[9]
15. Costa Rica Tobías Bolaños International Airport SYQ/MRPV San José 84,194[02]
16. Panama Bocas del Toro International Airport BOC/MPBO Bocas/Isla Colón 72,340[7]
17. Nicaragua Puerto Cabezas Airport PUZ/MNPC Puerto Cabezas 42,346[5]
18. Nicaragua Corn Island Airport BEF/MNBL Corn Island 37,241[5]
19. Nicaragua Bluefields Airport BEF/MNBL Bluefields 36,659[5]
20. Costa Rica Tambor Airport TMU/MRTR Tambor 29,014[10]
21. Costa Rica La Managua Airport XQP/MRQP Quepos 27,550[10]
22. Costa Rica Puerto Jiménez Airport PJM/MRPJ Puerto Jiménez 27,488[10]
23. Panama Capitán Manuel Niño International Airport CHX/MPCH Changuinola 19,010[7]
24. Costa Rica Tamarindo Airport TNO/MRTN Tamarindo 16,548[10]
25. Costa Rica Golfito Airport GLF/MRGF Golfito 16,546[10]

Ranking of airports, 2010[edit]

Country Airport name IATA/ICAO Code City served Passengers
1. Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 5,042,410[1]
2. Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC San José 3,858,401[2]
3. El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP San Salvador 1,976,326[3]
4. Guatemala La Aurora International Airport GUA/MGGT Guatemala City 1,970,618[4]
5. Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG Managua 1,102,200[5]
6. Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM San Pedro Sula 742,000[6]
7. Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG Tegucigalpa 493,000[6]
8. Costa Rica Daniel Oduber International Airport LIR/MRLB Liberia 443,585[7]
9. Panama Albrook International Airport PAC/MPMG Panamá City 269,443[8]
10. Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO Roatán 214,000[6]
11. Honduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC La Ceiba 181,000[6]
12. Belize Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport BZE/MZBZ Belize City 172,402[9]
13. Panama Enrique Malek International Airport DAV/MPDA David 117,260[8]
14. Costa Rica Tobías Bolaños International Airport SYQ/MRPV San José 101,573[10]
15. Guatemala Mundo Maya International Airport FRS/MGTK Flores/Tikal 100,525[11]
16. Panama Bocas del Toro International Airport BOC/MPBO Bocas/Isla Colón 59,091[8]
17. Nicaragua 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. Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 4,748,623[1]
2. Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC San José 3,730,187[2]
3. El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP San Salvador 2,076,258[3]
4. Guatemala La Aurora International Airport GUA/MGGT Guatemala City 1,948,662[4]
5. Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG Managua 1,089,992[5]
6. Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM San Pedro Sula 742,000[6]
7. Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG Tegucigalpa 565,000[6]
8. Belize Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport BZE/MZBZ Belize City 450,000[7]
9. Costa Rica Daniel Oduber International Airport LIR/MRLB Liberia 376,858[2]
10. Panama Albrook International Airport PAC/MPMG Panamá City 269,002[8]
11. Panama Enrique Malek International Airport DAV/MPDA David 122,940[10]
12. Guatemala Mundo Maya International Airport FRS/MGTK Flores/Tikal 111,893[9]
13. Costa Rica Tobías Bolaños International Airport SYQ/MRPV San José 104,343[11]
14. Panama Bocas del Toro International Airport BOC/MPBO Bocas/Isla Colón 63,325[10]
15. 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. Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO 4,549,170 80,694 86,588
2. Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC 3,238,602 77,114 78,850
3. El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP 1,570,012 33,922 28,162
4. Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG 1,192,489 18,222 42,621
5. Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM 840,592 29,278 7,498
6. Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG 452,144 20,324 4,668
7. Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO 209,310 11,822 0
8. Honduras 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. Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO 3,215,423 61,161 82,186
2. Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC 2,623,464 62,158 81,179
3. El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP 1,624,814 38,264 29,805
4. Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG 1,089,992 30,991 21,700
5. Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM 593,374 24,680 6,695
6. Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG 545,586 17,904 5,081
7. Honduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC 230,640 22,744 0
8. 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. Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC 2,836,867 69,060 82,959
2. Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO 2,756,948 56,837 103,164
3. El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP 1,640,721 40,570 25,969
4. Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG 1,062,704 30,902 19,214
5. Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM 586,120 24,984 7,300
6. Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG 516,840 17,886 5,083
7. Honduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC 254,554 25,894 0
8. 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.