The beatification ceremony of Archbishop Oscar Romero today in San Salvador by the Vatican was attended by 250,000 worshippers. He was murdered in March 1980 at the beginning of the El Salvador civil war that lasted through 1992.
All that is history.
Today you can buy a ticket from Los Angeles to El Salvador SAL airport in San Salvador for $305 round trip after taxes on Star Alliance member Copa Airlines, flying a two segment route via Panama City, Panama PTY.
$304.63 Copa Airlines Economy Class T
Los Angeles LAX – Panama City PTY – San Salvador SAL
Many of the itineraries force an overnight in PTY on the return for the low fare. I gave an example of a long 8-hour daytime layover from 10am to 6pm, sufficient for a mini-tour of Panama City.
This fare was found on CopaAir.com. Priceline.com ticket price shown for layout purposes only.
Los Angeles LAX to Panama City is $391 round trip during the same period from late August through November 2015.
No other Central America airports are in the $300s and this fare is not available from San Francisco SFO.