Costa Rica: A Push for Airport Construction in the South

The Government has discarded plans to build a 'mega-airport' between Sierpe and Palmar de Osa and is proposing a terminal to attend to charter and corporate flights.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Concern from environmentalists, because the construction would take place near the great Térraba-Sierpe marsh, along with complaints from the tourist industry about the impact on a region that lacks sufficient hotel facilities, contributed to the change in plans.

With an investment of between $42 and $62 million the idea is to build a two-kilometer runway and a terminal with capacity to serve up to 150 passengers.

"The viability of the plan will be defined by environmental impact studies which the Government expects to contract out and start this year. These will take twelve months, and include a study on the migratory behavior of birds.

'The project's success depends on the positivity of the environmental impact study and acceptance from the community in the South'", said Luis Carlos Araya, director general of Civil Aviation, to Elfinancierocr.com



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The Government's initiative to build an airport in the south of the country does not have the approval of the tourism industry or environmental groups.

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On February 27th the ICAO will publish a tender for an Environmental Impact Study to build an airport in the Southern Zone.

The award will be held on April 13th and the company that wins will have a period of eight months to complete the report.

"By the end of the year we will have the exact criterion for deciding whether or not it is possible to build the airport," said Luis Carlos Araya, Vice Air Transport Minister, to Elfinancierocr.com

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