Aeronautical Workshops in Costa Rica

The hangar used by Servicios Aeroindustriales will relocate from its current position to make room for the terminal expansion at Juan Santamaria International Airport.

Monday, December 5, 2011

After 15 years of discussions, the government of Costa Rica and Self-Management Cooperative Aeroindustriales Services (Coopesa) have reached a final agreement for the relocation of the hangar where aircraft maintenance services are provided, which until now has sat on the north side of the passenger terminal at the international Airport, preventing the necessary expansion of the Juan Santamaría.

The agreement establishes that the state will bear the costs of constructing a new hangar, the demolition of the current one and ancillary infrastructure such as access roads, which together will cost a total of $32 million.

According to an article in, Luis Carlos Araya, Deputy Air Transport, confirmed that "A tender to build the new hanger and demolish the current one was published in November."

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