Costa Rican Airport Has New Operator

Starting today, Houston Airport takes charge of the operation and administration of the Juan Santamaría International Airport.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


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The consortium, lead by Houston Airport, the world's sixth largest airport operator, obtained the endorsement of the Costa Rican authorities, becoming, starting today, the airport administrator and responsible for the expansion project currently on the works.

"We have confirmed the transference of all activities under the conditions demanded by Costa Rican laws. The Technical Council on Civil Aviation, known as Ctac, read the report and approved the change", reported Minister Karla González, in a Prensalibre.cr article. "She also said that it is a radical change in the operation and construction of the airport. She assured that this new administration contributes experience in commercial operation and in new business development".

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