Costa Rica: Airport in South Gains Momentum

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

Friday, February 24, 2012

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

The project no longer has the same initial aspirations, which were to make it an international airport capable of receiving direct flights from Europe, with capacity for receiving intercontinental aircraft. The runway now envisaged will be able to receive aircraft with a maximum size similar to that of an Embraer 190 or Airbus 320. "Now the Government is proposing construction of a terminal dedicated exclusively to the attention of corporate aviation and charter flights, costing between $42 and $60 million."

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