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International Airlines have reduced their flight frequency in and out of the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, Managua (MGA). American Airlines, Delta and Spirit have all reduced the number of flights as of this week due to the reduction in tourism, a direct result of the socio-political crisis in Nicaragua. American Airlines are down to one flight a day, as is Delta. Spirit, who were providing six flights a week are down to only two flights on Monday and Friday. Meanwhile, United Airlines will temporarily suspend all fights between August 21st and September 4th.
The Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (INTUR), the government run tourism board, has announced that they are continuing to work on plans for the recovery of tourism. Co-Director, Anasha Campbell announced a credit program with a budget of US $1.2 million that will be aimed at strengthening the micro, small and medium tourist businesses. A new tourist campaign: “Visitemos Nicaragua libre, gracias a Dios” (“Let’s visit a Free Nicaragua, thanks to God”) is aimed at encouraging national and international tourists. INTUR plan to send missions to Honduras, Costa Rica and El Salvador and work with the private sector to promote tourist destination Nicaragua. Internationally, advertising campaigns will be aimed at the Central America and North America visitor. The many national tourist routes and circuits will be “re-launched” and the private sector will offer tourist packages promoting the cultural, artistic, sports and traditional activities from those regions.
The Ministry of the Interior (known as MIGOB by their acronym in Spanish) which includes The Directorate General of Migration and Foreigners, reports that between the 28th of July and the 3rd of August, there were 64,414 individual services provided to nationals and foreigners. “Of those, 318 services were provided to citizens of other nationalities such as residence and renewals, extensions of stay and exit visas” announced First Lieutenant Lucrecia Hernández.