NO to New Airport in Costa Rica

The tourism minister has ruled out the possibility of building a new airport, arguing that the current one has sufficient capacity and there is a more urgent need for improving and expanding the one in Liberia.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Remodeling the Daniel Oduber Airport in Guanacaste is the option which the tourism minister, Wilhelm von Breymann has proposed, since the construction of a new terminal is not a priority and would involve a long process of preparing feasibility studies.

The tourism chief told Prensalibre.cr that "... To make a new airport a lot of studies have to be carried out, the wind studies take about three years, it is a long term project. Juan Santamaria Airport still has capacity, and there is a real need is to improve Liberia's airport, as we saw in the case of ash from Turrialba volcano, which caused the airport in Alajuela to be closed for a day and half. There was a kind of crisis. "

He added that "... They must take action to enlarge Oduber in case of emergencies and in this way cover both arriving flights and departures."



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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.

Costa Rica: $20 million for Airport Expansion

April 2015

A terminal for domestic flights and a new fire station are part of the works that the administration of San Jose International Airport plans to start in November.

This project includes two ramps for aircraft waiting at the new domestic terminal and a fire station in in the southern sector, and it is expected that construction will start in November this year.The investment for these two works to be carried out simultaneously amounts to $20 million and is expected to be completed during 2016.

$ 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.