New International Airport in Costa Rica

A contract has been awarded for environmental feasibility studies for a new international airport in southern Costa Rica.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Spanish consortium formed by Acciona Ingeniería and its Costa Rican partner Interforest won the tender carried out by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to conduct an environmental feasibility study for a new airport in the southern region.

The company will have 9 months to produce the study, which is worth about $1 million. The proposed work is near Térraba - Sierpe wetlands.

"In order to calm the fears generated by the proximity of the wetland, the Civil Aviation has reduced the scale of the project of a mega airport to a more modest facility with capacity to serve up to 150 passengers and one targeting corporate and charter aviation," reported .

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