Come Fly With Me

                         The new airport runway

Early in the morning, every morning, I hear the graders and the bulldozers working on the new airport. I’m keeping a photo essay of the progress. Once a week, I walk our beach path to the airport to take photos. This photo is about a month old. It looks like another walk is in order.

Tourists will be able to fly from Managua, San José, and maybe other places directly to Ometepe Island in 2012.  It has its pros and cons. It’s too soon to tell. Honestly, the only advantages for us are that if the volcano blows, maybe we can make a quick getaway, and if we have a medical emergency, we can fly directly to Vivian Pellas Hospital in Managua. I’ll keep you all updated on the progress.


9 thoughts on “Come Fly With Me

  1. Maybe ortega wants to be able to actually land on the island. Hahaha. That makes it interesting in my view since it would not take an hour to.get to the island

    • When Ortega comes to the island, which fortunately isn’t much, he flies in an antiquated helicopter. Several years ago, when he was campaigning for the Presidency, he flew over our La Paloma elementary school and dropped dollar bills in the playground. This time, when he was campaigning, he decided to build an airport instead. Hahaha

  2. Debbie,
    So here’s my question: Is there any indication yet of how they’re going to do traffic control at the runway intersection with the main road? When I was there a little over a month ago (and it looked pretty much like your photo except it was raining) it appeared like they were probably just going to put up some little gate to stop cars, buses, oxcarts etc. during landings? Maybe there won’t be enough flights to matter – but that still doesn’t seem like a good prescription if the island traffic does increase. But maybe it will end up just like on Corn Island where the runway is used about twice a day and in between it is actually the world’s biggest sidewalk for pedestrians getting from one side of the island to the other.

    • Jon,
      I heard the same thing you did. They are putting up a gate to stop the traffic in both directions. They are also fencing around the perimeters of the runway to keep out the horses, cows, dogs, chickens, people, etc. I also heard there will be two flights a day. The planes are small prop planes that hold around 40 passengers. It should be interesting to see how the whole process works. Quien sabe?

  3. I wonder how much it will change Ometepe. I hope not at all. I think part of the reason Nicaragua maintains it’s charm is that it is not easy to manage for a typical tourist.


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