Managua Augusto César Sandino International Airport
The international airport of Managua, Nicaragua's capital, has changed names quite a few times. At the opening in 1968 it was called La Mercedes Airport. The Sandinistas changed it to Augusto César Sandino Airport in the eighties. In 2001 president Alemán was of the opinion that was too much credit and changed it to Managua International Airport. Six years later president Daniel Ortega reinstated the Sandinista name. And now we wait to see what the next president thinks of this name.
The terminal is divided into an east wing (international flights) and a west wing (domestic flights).
IATA airport code: MGA
ICAO airport code: MNMG
There's no train connection with Managua Airport.
Car and bus
Managua International Airport is situated 12 kilometers north of the city center. In a rental car you can cover this distance in 15 minutes via the Carretera Norte C1 or the Carretera A Sabana Grande.
City bus 266 connects the airport with Managua City. Buses leave every quarter.
Car rental Managua Airport
You can find desks of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Eight rental companies are present at Managua International Airport: Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Payless, Thrifty and Toyota Rent-a-Car.
The taxis outside the Arrivals Hall all have a meter. For destinations outside the city you need to agree on a price with the driver upfront. The airport taxis are quite expensive; it's a lot cheaper to walk to the main road and stop a taxi there.
There's a small parking lot outside the main building. You pay 20 cordobas for the first hour, and then 10 cordobas per half hour.
There are no hotels at Managua Airport, but there's one nearby: Best Western Las Mercedes Hotel (Tel. +505(0)2 559 900). Other hotels nearby Managua Airport include Hotel Real InterContinental Metrocentro (Tel. +505(0)2 768 989) and Crowne Plaza Hotel Managua (Tel. +505(0)2 283 530). There's a counter to make hotel reservations in the Arrivals Hall. For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
There's a reasonable selection of restaurants and (snack) bars, but, as at many airports, prices are relatively high. The duty-free shops and souvenir shops charge ridiculous prices. So-called 'duty-free' rum for example is almost twice as expensive as it is in Managua! Souvenirs are also quite expensive, although the quality is good.
For security reasons you cannot store baggage at Managua Airport. For inquiries about lost objects you can go to the information kiosk.
In the central part of the terminal (between the east and the west wing) you'll find an information kiosk for inquiries about flight schedules and airport services.
There's a VIP lounge (Tel. +505(0)2 332 355) in the east wing offering basic facilities such as faxing, copying and internet access. You cannot rent meeting space. For this you need to turn to the business hotels in Managua (see Hotels).
Managua Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wide, automatic doors, adapted elevators and toilets, low-hanging telephones and wheelchair ramps.
There's a branch of the Banco de la Producción at Managua Airport. In addition you'll find exchange offices and ATM's. There's a Tourist Office in the Arrivals Hall as well as several travel agents. The First Aid station can be reached via telephone number +505(0)2 33 1111.