El Salvador launches tender for airport terminal expansion

Thursday, December 7, 2017

El Salvador's autonomous port commission CEPA, the authority in charge of operating airport services in the country, has launched a tender for a contract to expand the terminal building of San Salvador's Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero international airport, the main gateway into the country.

The works will be carried out under the first phase of the expansion plans for the terminal, which requires estimated investment of US$70mn in public funds.

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Those interested in participating are required to register on government procurement website CompraSal, as well as to attend a mandatory meeting and a visit to the project site, both of which are set to take place on December 19.

The date to submit and open bids has been scheduled for February 15, with the award of the contract taking place within the following 60 days.

Offers must be submitted along with a US$1.1mn bid bond.

The contract will be for 435 days, 365 of which must be used to complete the physical works.


According to documents posted CompraSal, the project involves the construction of a three-level building covering 21,673m2.

The first level will host airline offices and ground support services, as well as warehouses for duty free stores. The second level will have five passenger boarding gates and waiting areas, a VIP lounge, and duty free stores, while the third will host the arrivals area.

The expansion is included in the airport's master plan for 2018-22.

The initiative was unveiled at a ceremony Wednesday attended by CEPA authorities and vice president Óscar Ortiz, who said that the terminal expansion represents the largest investment made in El Salvador's airport sector since the construction of the existing airport.

PICTURED: Salvadoran Vice president Óscar Ortiz (right) and CEPA president Nelson Vanegas unveiling the project on Wednesday. (CREDIT: CEPA)


Expanding the terminal forms part of a larger expansion of the airport that will be divided into four phases and carried out by 2032.

In addition to the passenger terminal, phase I includes improvements to parking lots, green areas, surrounding streets, signaling and lighting. Phase II entails building seven additional departure lounges as well as more aircraft parking spaces. Phases III and IV involve medium and long-term expansions, according to market needs.

PICTURED: How the expanded terminal will look (CREDIT: CEPA).