The landing of Air Force One, the airplane carrying U.S. President Barack Obama, will affect operations at the Juan Santamaría International (SJO) airport from May 3 to May 5.

obama-visit-350As reported yesterday by the Dirección General de Aviación Civil  (DGCA) – Costa Rica’s Civil Aviation – all cargo operations and private aircraft will be suspended at the San José airport from 6am May 3 and until midnight on May 5.

Aviación Civil also informs that commercial passenger flights will be affected on Obama’s landing day, but did not specify times, saying only the impact will be hours before the arrival of Air Force One.

“Once U.S. authorities confirm the exact time of arrival of President Obama, we will inform which operations (flights) will be affected”, said the statement.

In addition, Aviación Civil says that planning and protocol meetings for the arrival of the U.S. president are continuing. Foreign Minister, Enrique Castillo, confirmed the arrival today of an advance team from the United States to continue working on these issues.


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