Plans to Build New Airport in Limon

The current airport on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is easily flooded and lacks the necessary conditions for being an international terminal.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The abundant rainfall characteristic of the area often causes waters to flood the runway of the international airport, leaving it inoperative.

Now, an area has been identified which is "a flat, large unobstructed area west of the current terminal which could have the necessary characteristics for the new project."

The Costa Rican Civil Aviation Authority noted that "There are no designs or cost estimates as yet". Jorge Fernandez, director of Civil Aviation Authority (DGCA), indicated that "when it is constructed it will have the capacity to handle large aircraft such as the Airbus A320."

Construction of the proposed new airport is expected to start from 2015.



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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).

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Plans for the construction of the airport of Puerto de San José, Escuintla, are ready, and a partnership with the private sector is being sought to provide the finance of $140 million required for the project.

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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.

More Time to Bid for Panamanian Airport

March 2010

The Civil Aviation Authority postponed until March 24 the deadline to bid for the enlargement of Enrique Malek airport.

These works are valued at $24 million, and include design and construction of a runway, customs area and passenger terminal.

“The airport currently receives small airplanes, such as ATR and Hawker, capable of 40 to 60 passengers.

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