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Transportation in Guatemala


In 2010, the total length of Guatemala's road system was estimated at 11,501 km, of which 6,797 km was paved, including 127 km of expressways. In 2003, there were approximately 127,800 passenger cars and 145,900 commercial vehicles registered. Two international highways cross Guatemala: the 824-km Franklin D. Roosevelt Highway (part of the Pan American Highway system) and the Pacific Highway. In 2008, Guatemala Railways operates 90% of the nation's 332 km railway system, all of it narrow-gauge.

Few of the rivers and lakes are important to commercial navigation. Of the 990 km, only 260 km are navigable year round, an additional 730 km are only navigable during high water. Puerto Barrios and Santo Tomás on the Caribbean coast are Guatemala's chief ports. The Pacific coast ports are Champerico and San José. In 2002, Guatemala had no registered cargo ships.

There were an estimated 291 airports in 2013, but only 16 had paved runways. La Aurora International Airport at Guatemala City, the first air terminal in Central America, serves aircraft of all sizes, including jumbo jets.


Airports : 291 (2013)
Airports - with paved runways : total: 16
2,438 to 3,047 m: 2
1,524 to 2,437 m: 4
914 to 1,523 m: 6
under 914 m: 4 (2013)
Airports - with unpaved runways : total: 275
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 2
914 to 1,523 m: 77
under 914 m: 195 (2013)
Heliports : 1 (2013)
Pipelines : oil 480 km (2013)
Railways : total: 332 km
narrow gauge: 332 km 0.914-m gauge (2008)
Roadways : total: 11,501 km
paved: 6,797 km (includes 127 km of expressways)
unpaved: 4,704 km (2010)
Waterways : 990 km (260 km navigable year round; additional 730 km navigable during high-water season) (2012)
Ports and terminals : major seaport(s): Puerto Quetzal, Santo Tomas de Castilla




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