Toncontín International Airport
name = Toncontín International Airport
IATA = TGU
ICAO = MHTG
type = Military/Public
Military of Honduras
elevation-f = 3,294
elevation-m = 1,004
coordinates = Coord|14|03|39|N|087|13|02|W|type:airport
metric-rwy = Yes
r1-number = 02/20
r1-length-f = 6,112
r1-length-m = 1,863
Toncontín International Airport airport codes|TGU|MHTG is a civil and military
airportthat serves Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It is 6 km away from Tegucigalpa's center currently known as meltontin.
The airport's single
runwayis 1,863 m (6,112 feet) in lengthand is at an altitudeof 1,004 m (3,294 feet). Boeing 757s are the largest aircraft that can land at Toncontín, as it is one of the shortest international runways in the world.
Football Warof 1969, Toncontín was a major target for the Salvadoran Air Force, and it was bombed on several occasions.
Toncontín International Airport has 4 gates (2 in the new terminal), 2 baggage claim belts, 150 short term
parkingspaces, a post office, a bank, a " bureau de change", many restaurants, several airlinelounges, a duty free shop, car rental services and a first aidroom. The old terminal is undergoing renovation, and will be used for domestic flights in the future. The new terminal is now used for international flights.
Toncontín is also the home of the "Aeroclub de Honduras".
The origin of the name "Toncontín" is unknown. This airport has received much criticism for being one of the most dangerous in the world due to its proximity to the mountains and for years efforts have been made to replace it with Soto Cano airport in
Comayagua, currently an airbase. Toncontín has been improved significantly by the work of ACT (the Airport Corporation of Tegucigalpa) and by InterAirports, a company hired by the government of Honduras to administer the four airports of the country.
Temporary Removal of International flights
After a TACA flight crashed on
May 30, 2008it was announced by Honduran President Manuel Zelayathat all large airplanes would, within 60 days, use the Soto Cano Air Baseinstead of Toncontín, removing all the International traffic from Toncontin limiting it to only domestic flights and small planes. [ [http://www.laprensahn.com/ediciones/2008/06/01/en_sesenta_dias_se_habilitara_palmerola En sesenta días se habilitará Palmerola] ]
International Civil Aviation Organization(ICAO) completed a review of Toncontin and made safety recommendations regarding the airport. [ [http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://www.tiempo.hn/&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=1&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://www.tiempo.hn/%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1G1GGLQ_ENUS274%26sa%3DG] June 25, 2008.] On June 25, 2008, President Zelaya reiterated his position of restricting international traffic from Toncontin and announced his intention to form a commission that will oversee implementing the safety recommendations of the ICAO report. [ [http://babelfish.yahoo.com/translate_url?doit=done&tt=url&intl=1&fr=bf-home&trurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.latribuna.hn%2Fnews%2F45%2FARTICLE%2F36884%2F2008-06-26.html&lp=es_en&btnTrUrl=Translate] June 26, 2008.]
July 7, 2008, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya announced the reopening of the airport at a news conference following a three-hour meeting with businessmen, who had demanded commercial flights resume at Toncontin. Zelaya re-iterated that commercial flights will eventually be diverted permanently to a new airport being built on a U.S. military airfield ( Soto Cano Air Base) and expected to be finished next year.
Airlines and destinations
Atlantic Airlines de Honduras(Roatán, La Ceiba, Puerto Lempira, San Pedro Sula, Útila, Guanaja, Belize City, Ahuas, Bluefields, Corn Island, Grand Cayman, Managua, Puerto Cabezas)
Copa Airlines(Panama City, San José (CR))
Delta Air Lines(Atlanta) [begins December 18]
*TACA (Miami, San Salvador, Guatemala City, San Pedro Sula)
Islena Airlines(La Ceiba, San Pedro Sula)
Aerolineas Sosa(San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, Roatán, Puerto Lempira)
Accidents and incidents
The worst crash not associated with the airport came in October 21,
1989, when a Honduran airliner hit a nearby hill, killing 133 people.. The accident was 42 kilometers (25 miles) away from the airport [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE2D71E3DF931A15753C1A96F948260] . Because of this accident the airline SAHSAwent into bankruptcy.
May 30, 2008an Airbus A320, Grupo TACAFlight 390 from San Salvador, overran the runway in approach to Tegucigalpa Airport.cite news |title=7 dead after airliner overshoots Honduras runway |url=http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/05/30/honduras.crash.ap/index.html |publisher=CNN |date= 30 May 2008|accessdate=2008-05-31] cite news |first=Freddy |last=Cuevas |title=Passenger jet overshoots runway in Honduras |url=http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080530/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/honduras_plane_crash |publisher=Yahoo |date= 30 May|accessdate=2008-05-30] The accident was partly blamed on bad weather conditions. At least 5 fatalities have been confirmed.. According to the recordings of the black box and a report from NTSB, the fault of the accident was a human error (the deceased pilot), who landed 900 mts (0.5 miles) beyond the marks of landing and in the wrong direction (the tower ordered the other way).
The Honduran government has announced plans to relocate commercial airline traffic to
Soto Cano Air Base.
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