The Costa Rican airport has now capacity to handle 3 million passengers a year.
Carlos Plass, chief executive of airport operator, Aeris Holding Costa Rica, spoke of expansion work, indicating that airline counters increased by 30% (from 58 to 78), immigration from12 seats to 28 and security check points doubled.
Of the 4,500 square meters of new commercial area in the Juan Santamaría, 850 square meters are available, which are expected to be tendered in June and July.
Café Britt is the first company that has moved into to this new area and left its old 299 m² premises available, and a competition is already underway to awarded them to another company. In addition to those premises, the only other space left is 550 m², in which the Costa Rica company Aeris, administrator of the terminal, will incorporate shops dedicated to selling clothes and accessories.
Following the ending of the contract with the company Exact Change, which offers the service of exchanging currency, Aeris Holding Costa Rica has started procedures for selecting a new provider.
The company managing Juan Santamaria International Airport announced the end of the contract with the Spanish exchange services provider Exact Change, due to the fact that it has not completed the process of registering with the Central Bank of Costa Rica and the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. Therefore preparations are being made, for the coming months, to release specifications for a new tender for the service.
A terminal for domestic flights and a new fire station are part of the works that the administration of San Jose International Airport plans to start in November.
This project includes two ramps for aircraft waiting at the new domestic terminal and a fire station in in the southern sector, and it is expected that construction will start in November this year.The investment for these two works to be carried out simultaneously amounts to $20 million and is expected to be completed during 2016.
On offer in Juan Santamaria International Airport are spaces for a gift shop, an ice cream parlor and coffee shop, a fast food outlet, and spaces for ATMs.
Aeris Holding Costa Rica, the company managing the Juan Santamaria Airport, has opened a contest for 3 commercial spaces: a gift shop, with flowers, cards and other items, an ice cream parlor and coffee shop, selling juices and the like, and a fast food restaurant. It is also providing space for the installation of ATMs.
Two new boarding gates and one thousand square meters of commercial areas are to be built with an investment of $20 million at the main airport in Costa Rica.
3000 meters of construction will be added to the fourth stage of the airport that consists of "... In two boarding gates with their respective connecting sleeves which will be located east of the main building." While the second part of the project involves the construction of 1,000 meters dedicated to commercial areas.
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