Costa Rica Airport Receives Funds for Expansion

$100 million of loans have been granted, paving the way for larger passenger capacity at Juan Santamaria Airport.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A press release from the Inter-American Development Bank reads:

Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica has successfully completed a three-year restructuring process and is preparing to more than double its passenger capacity after partnering with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

In September, the Bank and OPIC disbursed U.S. $ 100 million in loans to Aeris Holding S.A., which operates the airport, owned by the sponsoring companies Andrade Gutierrez Concessões from Brazil and ADC & HAS Finance Ltd., a holding company controlled by the HAS Development Corporation, an affiliate of Houston Airport System, and Airport Development Corporation, based in Toronto, Canada.

Juan Santamaria International Airport, the second largest in Central America, receives 85 percent of total international arrivals in Costa Rica and 80 percent of all tourists arriving in the country.



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