Bidders from Argentina, Colombia and the U.S. vie to operate Costa Rican airport

Companies from Argentina, Colombia and the United States are exploring the possibility of operating the Juan Santamaría Airport, Costa Rica's largest. The government accuses the current operator of failing to fulfill its contractual obligations.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The bidders are Grupo América, of Aeropuertos Argentina 2000; Grupo Odinsa of Colombia; and Houston Airports of the U.S.
The companies are negotiating with Alterra Partners and Corporación Financiera Internacional, which currently runs the airport.
The three companies were selected from seven that showed interest in the project.
Alterra is accused of failing to fulfill its obligation to expand and modernize the airport.

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The US consortium has the backing of the Comptroller General of the Republic to operate and expand Juan Santamaría airport.

The current manager, Alterra Partners, has been without the funds to undertake the expansion for a year and it has agreed to cede its rights to Houston Airport System (HAS).

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Yesterday, the Office of the Comptroller General authorized the transfer of the management contract that was held by Alterra since 2001.
Before finalizing the transfer, Houston Airport System Development Company (HASDC) must pay the debts that Alterra had with banks creditors of the airport.

Alterra drops legal suit over Costa Rica airport contract

May 2008

Alterra, the company that operates Costa Rica's Juan Santamaría airport, said it would drop its legal claim against the authorities as part of a package that would transfer its responsibilities to a consortium headed by Houston Airport System (HAS).

Jeffery Scheferman, president of the HAS Development Corporation, said that the case would be closed for his company too.

Regional bank to back Costa Rica airport plan

May 2008

The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) is to finance the modernization of Costa Rica's Juan Santamaría airport.

BCIE is backing the consortium that aims to take over the airport's operations from Alterra. The consortium, led by Houston Airport System (HAS) has yet to make a formal offer for Alterra, a Bechtel unit.

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