List of the busiest airports in Central America

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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.

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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, 2016

CountryAirport name IATA/ICAO CodeCity servedPassengers
1.Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 14,741,937 [1]
2.Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC San José 6,456,750 [2]
3.El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP San Salvador 2,984,764 [3]
4.Guatemala La Aurora International Airport GUA/MGGT Guatemala City 2,579,123 [4]
5.Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG Managua 1,533,034 [5]
6.Costa Rica Daniel Oduber International Airport LIR/MRLB Liberia 1,182,123 [6]
7.Belize Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport BZE/MZBZ Belize City 867,976 [7]
8.Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM San Pedro Sula 867,747 [8]
9.Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG Tegucigalpa 697,925 [8]
10.Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO Roatán 371,657 [8]
11.Panama Enrique Malek International Airport DAV/MPDA David 323,465 [1]
12.Panama Albrook International Airport PAC/MPMG Panamá City 230,000 [10]
13.Honduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC La Ceiba 165,802 [7]
14.Panama Panamá Pacífico International Airport BLB/MPHO Panamá City 131,930 [1]
15.Guatemala Mundo Maya International Airport FRS/MGTK Flores/Tikal 113,444 [4]
16.Panama Scarlett Martínez International Airport RIH/MPSM Río Hato 63,728 [1]

Ranking of airports, 2015

CountryAirport name IATA/ICAO CodeCity servedPassengers
1.Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 13,434,673 [1]
2.Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC San José 4,494,875 [2]
3.El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP San Salvador 2,725,458 [3]
4.Guatemala La Aurora International Airport GUA/MGGT Guatemala City 2,323,360 [4]
5.Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG Managua 1,499,756 [5]
6.Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM San Pedro Sula 881,199 [7]
7.Costa Rica Daniel Oduber International Airport LIR/MRLB Liberia 878,365 [2]
8.Belize Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport BZE/MZBZ Belize City 613,399 [8]
9.Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG Tegucigalpa 603,486 [7]
10.Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO Roatán 286,738 [7]
11.Panama Enrique Malek International Airport DAV/MPDA David 260,603 [9]
12.Panama Albrook International Airport PAC/MPMG Panamá City 228,722 [10]
13.Honduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC La Ceiba 133,768 [7]
14.Panama Panamá Pacífico International Airport BLB/MPHO Panamá City 132,205 [9]
15.Guatemala Mundo Maya International Airport FRS/MGTK Flores/Tikal 109,490 [4]
16.Panama Bocas del Toro International Airport BOC/MPBO Bocas/Isla Colón 80,378 [12]
17.Nicaragua Bluefields Airport BEF/MNBL Bluefields 63,200 [13]
18.Nicaragua Corn Island Airport RNI/MNCI Corn Islands 62,200 [13]
19.Nicaragua Puerto Cabezas Airport PUZ/MNPC Puerto Cabezas 40,100 [13]
20.Costa Rica Tambor Airport TMU/MRTR Tambor 38,699 [2]
21.Costa Rica Puerto Jiménez Airport PJM/MRPJ Puerto Jiménez 38,165 [2]
22.Panama Scarlett Martínez International Airport RIH/MPSM Río Hato 37,759 [9]
23.Costa Rica Quepos La Managua Airport XQP/MRQP Quepos 29,872 [2]
24.Guatemala San José Airport GSJ/MGSJ Puerto San José 28,598 [4]
25.Panama Capitán Manuel Niño International Airport CHX/MPCH Changuinola 18,664 [12]
26.Costa Rica Tamarindo Airport TNO/MRTM Tamarindo 18,209 [2]
27.Costa Rica Golfito Airport GLF/MRGF Golfito 18,024 [2]
28.Costa Rica Tobías Bolaños International Airport SYQ/MRPV San José 14,723 [2]
29.Costa Rica Bahía Drake Airport DRK/MRDK Bahía Drake 13,105 [2]
30.El Salvador Ilopango International Airport -/MSSS San Salvador 12,385 [14]

Ranking of airports, 2014

CountryAirport name IATA/ICAO CodeCity servedPassengers
1.Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 12,782,167 [1]
2.Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC San José 3,917,573 [2]
3.El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP San Salvador 2,453,217 [3]
4.Guatemala La Aurora International Airport GUA/MGGT Guatemala City 2,216,915 [4]
5.Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG Managua 1,311.965 [5]
6.Costa Rica Daniel Oduber International Airport LIR/MRLB Liberia 779,757 [2]
7.Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM San Pedro Sula 772,504 [6]
8.Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG Tegucigalpa 617,526 [6]
9.Belize Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport BZE/MZBZ Belize City 577,970 [7]
10.Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO Roatán 286,738 [6]
11.Panama Enrique Malek International Airport DAV/MPDA David 260,603 [8]
12.Panama Albrook International Airport PAC/MPMG Panamá City 239,315 [9]
13.Honduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC La Ceiba 133,768 [6]
14.Panama Panamá Pacífico International Airport BLB/MPHO Panamá City 132,205 [8]
15.Guatemala Mundo Maya International Airport FRS/MGTK Flores/Tikal 111,075 [4]
16.Costa Rica Tobías Bolaños International Airport SYQ/MRPV San José 88,363 [2]
17.Panama Bocas del Toro International Airport BOC/MPBO Bocas/Isla Colón 80,378 [10]
18.Nicaragua Corn Island Airport RNI/MNCI Corn Islands 50,700 [10]
19.Nicaragua Bluefields Airport BEF/MNBL Bluefields 45,500 [10]
20.Nicaragua Puerto Cabezas Airport PUZ/MNPC Puerto Cabezas 41,000 [10]
21.Panama Scarlett Martínez International Airport RIH/MPSM Río Hato 37,759 [8]
22.Costa Rica Puerto Jiménez Airport PJM/MRPJ Puerto Jiménez 35,745 [2]
23.Costa Rica Quepos La Managua Airport XQP/MRQP Quepos 32,717 [2]
24.Costa Rica Tamarindo Airport TNO/MRTM Tamarindo 30,108 [2]
25.Guatemala San José Airport GSJ/MGSJ Puerto San José 28,456 [4]
26.Costa Rica Tambor Airport TMU/MRTR Tambor 19,382 [2]
27.Panama Capitán Manuel Niño International Airport CHX/MPCH Changuinola 18,664 [10]
28.Costa Rica Golfito Airport GLF/MRGF Golfito 15,771 [2]
29.Costa Rica Bahía Drake Airport DRK/MRDK Bahía Drake 13,438 [2]
30.Guatemala Retalhuleu Airport RER/MGRT Retalhuleu 12,530 [4]

Ranking of airports, 2013

CountryAirport name IATA/ICAO CodeCity servedPassengers
1.Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 11,586,681 [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/MGGT 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 18,534 [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

CountryAirport name IATA/ICAO CodeCity servedPassengers
1.Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 10,174,870 [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 RNI/MNCI 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, 2011

CountryAirport name IATA/ICAO CodeCity servedPassengers
1.Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 8,271,459 [1]


Ranking of airports, 2010

CountryAirport name IATA/ICAO CodeCity servedPassengers
1.Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 7,005,031 [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

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

CountryAirport name IATA/ICAO CodeCity servedPassengers
1.Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO Panamá City 6,531,927 [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

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.

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CountryAirport nameIATA/ICAOPassengersMovementsCargo
1.Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO4,549,17080,69486,588
2.Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC3,238,60277,11478,850
3.El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP1,570,01233,92228,162
4.Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG1,192,48918,22242,621
5.Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM840,59229,2787,498
6.Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG452,14420,3244,668
7.Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO209,31011,8220
8.Honduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC202,86421,7390

Ranking of airports, 2006

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.

CountryAirport nameIATA/ICAOPassengersMovementsCargo
1.Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO3,215,42361,16182,186
2.Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC2,623,46462,15881,179
3.El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP1,624,81438,26429,805
4.Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG1,089,99230,99121,700
5.Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM593,37424,6806,695
6.Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG545,58617,9045,081
7.Honduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC230,64022,7440
8.Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO208,15211,4060

Ranking of airports, 2005

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.

CountryAirport nameIATA/ICAOPassengersMovementsCargo
1.Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO/MROC2,836,86769,06082,959
2.Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY/MPTO2,756,94856,837103,164
3.El Salvador Comalapa International Airport SAL/MSLP1,640,72140,57025,969
4.Nicaragua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA/MNMG1,062,70430,90219,214
5.Honduras Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP/MHLM586,12024,9847,300
6.Honduras Toncontín International Airport TGU/MHTG516,84017,8865,083
7.Honduras Golosón International Airport LCE/MHLC254,55425,8940
8.Honduras Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport RTB/MHRO215,99412,9420

Notes

1. ^ Total passenger Traffic (ICAO standard and ACI Standard):Reporte Estadistico 2016.
2. ^ Total passenger Traffic for 2016, as presented by Costa Rica's Civil Aviation Authority website, Resumen Estadístico 2016. Data for Juan Santamaría International Airport is estimated for both international and domestic passengers.
3. ^ Data according to the Autonomous Port Executive Commission Statistics Department.
4. ^ Total Passenger Traffic according to the Air Transport Statistics Unit, Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Sum up of Total Arrivals and Total Departures.
5. ^ Information available on the airport website. See "Traffic Data" section. The number represents the sum of total International Incoming, International Departure, Domestic Incoming and Domestic Departure passengers, for the year in question.
6. ^ La Nación (San José, Costa Rica). Aeropuerto internacional Daniel Oduber supera los 4 millones de pasajeros en los últimos cinco años, January 12, 2017.
7. ^ Total Passenger Traffic for 2016, according to the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport Authority About us.
8. ^ El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras). Honduras:En 14% aumenta el flujo de viajeros por aeropuertos.
9. ^ Important: 2015 Total Passenger Traffic only, as presented on the airport website. 2015 Annual Statistics Report.
10. ^ Important: 2015 Traffic Data for January-October only. Total Traffic according to the Institutional Yearbook, 2015 of Panama's Civil Aviation Authority.
11. ^ Important: 2014 Domestic Passenger Traffic only, according to Panama's Civil Aviation Authority website, Domestic statistics 2014 for Marcos A. Gelabert Airport.
12. ^ Total traffic, according to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. 2015 Nicaragua's Transport Statistical Yearbook.
13. ^ Total traffic, according to the Civil Aviation authority of Guatemala, Regional Airport Statistics, 2015.
14. ^ Data according to the Autonomous Port Executive Commission Statistics Department. Ilopango International Airport Statistics, 2015.
15. ^ Total passenger Traffic (ICAO standard and ACI Standard):Annual Report 2017.

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