Airports: $160 Million in Investments

Improvements to Liberia's international airport in Guanacaste, with a $95 million investment, is the most important project the Costa Rican government plans to carry out in the next four years.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Ministry of Public Works (Mopt) informed that the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport will receive a $95 million investment for the 2020-2024 period, in work to improve the taxiway, the reconstruction of the entire runway of almost 3 km in length, the reconstruction of the electrical system and expansions, which will involve more expropriations. This is one of the main investments, of the $160 million invested, in execution or to be allocated to local airports and aerodromes.

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Rodolfo Méndez Mata, Minister of Public Works and Transport, said that in Daniel Oduber himself, $375,000 will be earmarked for the remodeling of the radar building by 2020.

Alvaro Vargas, Director General of Civil Aviation, said that investments are also coming for the airfields of Quepos, Limon and Tortuguero, as well as the one in Drake, which included the expansion and improvement of the runway, modernization of the passenger terminal, the construction of a station platform for three aircraft and the improvement of security strips and perimeter mesh.

The statement dated December 5 adds that "... In the same line of investments, the Tobias Bolaños Airport will be intervened in 2020 by ¢4.2 billion ($7 million) and by 2019 another ¢10.6 billion ($19 million) in improvements have already been allocated."

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Costa Rica: Airport Concession in Liberia Could be Extended

August 2017

The current concessionaire of the air terminal has presented an application for an extension of the concession contract, and subsequently to assume works on expansion of the airport.

The company Coriport submitted an application in January to extend the concession contract it has held since 2010 for the operation of the international airport of Liberia in Guanacaste. If the proposal succeeds, the company will take on"... the renovation of the runway, construction of the taxiway for the aircraft to prepare for take-off, spaces for aircraft parking and new drains, among other things."

Costa Rica: Liberia Airport Expansion

December 2016

Work will begin in January 2017 at the Daniel Oduber airport in Guanacaste making possible a 20% increase in capacity at the terminal.

From a statement issued by the Government of Costa Rica:

In the early days of January 2017 redevelopment works will start at Daniel Oduber International Airport, which will be completed in November of that year. Using an investment of $10.3 million, the new facility will have the capacity to receive passengers until 2023, confirmed César Jaramillo, general manager of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (CORIPORT), the concessionaire in charge of the administration of the terminal company.

Improvements to Liberia Airport in Costa Rica

March 2016

The concessionaire of the terminal has announced the expansion of boarding gates, the luggage reception area, commercial spaces, and the addition of shops and offices.

Coriport announced it will invest $10 million in the expansion work, which will start from the second quarter of the year in different areas in the airport.

$ 8 million for Liberia Airport

October 2010

The IIC approved a loan to Coriport for airport expansion works in Liberia, Costa Rica.

"With this transaction, the IIC, along with BICSA and other international banks, will contribute to private sector development, particularly in rural areas of Costa Rica, driving the infrastructure boom and boosting the tourism industry, marking another milestone in the development of tourism in the country, as it did more than a decade ago when it funded the first five-star hotel in the Guanacaste coast. This is an area with various economic activities which will promote more jobs, generate foreign exchange, new business opportunities and further develop and diversify existing economic activities," said Juan Fonseca, Investment Officer at IIC in charge of the operation.

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