The Juan Santamaria International Airport expansion project is set to continue with its third and fourth stages this year, with a total cost of $150 million financed by the Inter-American Development Bank.
These stages include the construction of two new terminals in the East and West sections of the current terminal, a new boarding room for 240 travelers, reconstruction of the runway starting in June, a new 4.5-inch asphalt layer with new marking, and the eastern bay, a new fire station in the South section and a dedicated terminal for domestic flights. The process started on December 2011 with the construction of sterile halls, which are safety trails that avoid incoming tourists to run into outgoing tourists and will be inaugurated in November of this year.
The new, East terminal works will start on December, and the building is projected to start operations one year later in 2013. The West Terminal construction will start on May 2013, and both terminals will have telescopic bridges and facilities for disabled persons.
A new luggage carousel is in the works for this year also; starting in May and will be ready in November.
The expansion includes new commercial areas, with an area of 7.000 square feet, which will be open to the public and will have an observation dock.
Aeris Holding, developer and operator, will be in charge of the works, which will expand the airports capacity to 12 million annual travelers.
The Juan Santamaria International Airport is the main entrance point to the country, located in Alajuela, 12 miles northwest from San Jose, it had a traffic of 4 million passengers in 2011, and offers both international, transatlantic, and domestic flights. The second-largest airport in the country, Daniel Oduber in Liberia, 150 miles north from San Jose, is currently under works to expand its capacity and services, due to the growing amount of tourists entering the country directly by Guanacaste.
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