CEPA Connecting El Salvador With the World

29 November 2013

The Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA) is a public institution answerable to the Executive Branch through the Ministry of Public Works. CEPA’s constitutional law provides the institution with the competency and authority to plan, manage, operate, execute and run the operations of ports, airports and railroads in El Salvador, as well as responsibility for custody, handling and storage of export and import goods. 

In 2001, the Civil Aviation Authority Law of El Salvador, article 46, empowered CEPA with the control and provision of air navigation services, including air traffic, aeronautical, meteorological services, aeronautical communications, navigation aids, flight dispatch and control, and other air navigation services. 

Since 2011, under the administration and commitment of Mr. Alberto Arene, CEPA’s President and Mr. Salvador Villalobos, General Manager, CEPA has been working on an institutional transformation in each of its companies including, ports, airports, railroad and extra-port areas that will contribute to the development of a Logistic Regional Platform. 

In view of such a clear and firm commitment, CEPA is also strengthening the Air Navigation Services Provision, which seeks to transform CEPA as a regional leader in air navigation services, with a new comprehensive vision that includes all concept components of air traffic management (ATM – Doc. 9854), such as airspace organisation and management, aerodrome operations, demand and capacity balancing, traffic synchronisation, conflict management, airspace user operations, and ATM service delivery management. All of these require the upgrading of systems and implementing technologies according to operational needs. 

This plan aims to improve safety, implement quality management systems and meet the needs of the aviation industry, within the framework of the national legislation established by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and international regulations implemented by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). With this strategy, CEPA strives to position El Salvador as a leader in the region, with a new perspective on the provision of air navigation services below 20,000 feet and implement components of air traffic management. 

CEPA is facing this new challenge, which it has accepted with great responsibility, confidence and optimism and in partnership with entities such as ICAO, CANSO, FAA, aviation authorities, COCESNA, and Department of the Treasury of the United States, airlines, users, and with valuable Human Resource input. 

This effort is also being supported by the Civil Aviation Authority (AAC) of El Salvador, which has initiated projects such as PBN implementation, leading to the restructuring of the Salvadorian airspace, and contributing significantly to the efficiency of services provided by CEPA nationwide.

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