$13.5 Million in improvement for Juan Santamaría Airport

The main airport in Costa Rica received a new radar, firefighting equipment and approach lights.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The radar control system provided by the Central American Corporation for Aerial Navigation (COCESNA) cost $5.4 million and is already in operation.

The firefighting equipment acquired by the Civil Aviation also cost $5.4 million and consists of 7 fire fighting units.

In relation to the approach light system, the Civil Aviation Directorate General of the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation gave the order to start the contract signed last week by the Technical Council of Civil Aviation, the OACI (International Civil Aviation Organization) and the Company Siemens S.A. for the purchase and installation of the approach light system for the Juan Santamaría International Airport, which cost $2.6 million.

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Consultancy on Costa Rican Airport

January 2014

The Director of Civil Aviation has announced the recruitment of an international consultancy firm to determine the location of a major airport to replace Juan Santamaría in 2025.  

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation plans to open a large air terminal in the canton of Orotina in 2025, which will have the ability to receive double the amount of passengers as Juan Santamaria International Airport.

Boarding Gates Added to Juan Santamaria Airport  

July 2013

The International Airport at San Jose will have added capacity to handle 260,000 passengers a year, with two new boarding gates and another 1,000 square meters in commercial spaces.

As explained Vilma Lopez, deputy director of Civil Aviation, Aeris (manager of the terminal), will be the company in charge of the enlargement process in the east of the terminal, opposite Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales (Coopesa R. L).

Expansion Works at Juan Santamaría Airport

December 2012

Among the works scheduled in Costa Rica’s main airport is the extension of the remote ramp from its current 75,000 meters to 91,000 meters.

Next year San Jose International Airport will extend its operational capacity with new works, with an investment of $15 million.

Elfinancierocr.com quoted Luis Carlos Araya, Vice minister of Air Transport, who said "This allows us to streamline the process of entry and departure of aircraft both for cargo and passengers. In addition, it will improve efficiency, since aircraft will not have to be towed and can therefore enter on their own. "

Proposal to Replace Juan Santamaria Airport

November 2012

The international airport in the capital of Costa Rica, will be too small to meet the air traffic needs of Costa Rica in the next 10 years.

In 1996 the U.S. consultancy firm TAMS Inc. "recommended the Civil Aviation authority to move the administration of Juan Santamaria Airport into private hands, while a new terminal was being built", which should be operational in 2020.

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