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Transportation in Nicaragua
 
 
 

General

Main transportation arteries are concentrated in the more densely populated Pacific region. The national road network in 2010 totalled 22,111 km, of which 2,850 km were paved. The Inter-American Highway from Honduras to Costa Rica was completed in 1972. The Pacific Highway begins in Granada and passes through Managua, León and Chinandega to Corinto.

The Naviera Nicaragüense provides regular services to Central America, the US and Europe. Corinto is Nicaragua's only natural harbour on the Pacific coast and the major port, handling about 60% of all water-borne trade. Other ports include Puerto Sandino and San Juan del Sur on the Pacific and Puerto Cabezas on the Atlantic coast. In 1983, Bulgaria pledged to help Nicaragua build a deepwater port at El Bluff, on the Atlantic; the port now allows ships from Europe, Africa and the Caribbean to deliver goods to Nicaragua without passing through the Panama Canal. Inland waterways total 2,220 km, including Lake Nicaragua and the San Juan River.

Air transportation is important because of limited road and railway facilities. In 2007, there were an estimated 147 airports but only 12 of which had paved runways. The principal airport is Augusto Sandino, an international terminal at Las Mercedes, near Managua.

Overview

Airports : 147 (2013)
Airports - with paved runways : total: 12

2,438 to 3,047 m: 3

1,524 to 2,437 m: 2

914 to 1,523 m: 3

under 914 m: 4 (2013)
Airports - with unpaved runways : total: 135

1,524 to 2,437 m: 1

914 to 1,523 m: 15

under 914 m: 119 (2013)
Pipelines : oil 54 km (2013)
Roadways : total: 22,111 km

paved: 2,850 km

unpaved: 19,261 km (2010)
Waterways : 2,220 km (navigable waterways as well as the use of the large Lake Managua and Lake Nicaragua; rivers serve only the sparsely populated eastern part of the country) (2011)
Ports and terminals : Bluefields, Corinto

 

 

 
 

 



 


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