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"History of Toncontin International Airport. Tegucigalpa, Honduras"
IATA code: TGU
ICAO code: MHTG
Coordinates: 14°03' 39''N , 87°13'02''W
Elevation: 3294 feet
Dimension of runway: 6132x150 feet
The airstrip of the former airport of the capital city of Honduras was first utilized almost 100 years ago; specifically in 1921.
It was basically an extensive field related to military and commercial aviation activities.
Charles Lindbergh and his legendary "Spirit of St. Louis" landed there; back in 1928.
In 1931, Captain Lowell Yerex founded TACA in Honduras; some buildings and hangars were also installed in Toncontin simultaneously.
The airport was expanded and more passenger facilities were inaugurated in 1934 with the landing of a DC-3 on the airline Pan Am.
During the 40s, Pan Am, TACA and the extinct Honduran airline SAHSA operated in Tegucigalpa. The airport was completely refurbished in such filter period.
The limited lenght of its sole runway has generated a lot of incidents during the jet era. However, it has been steadily serving the capital city of Honduras.
Edited on April 08, 2013.