The Costa Rican government announced that in the remainder of 2019 and next year, it plans to invest about À90 billion colones (US$158 million dollars) in the modernization of international and regional airports.
The Consejo Técnico de Aviación Civil (CETAC) and the Dirección General de Aviación Civil (DGAC) says they will invest with their own resources in airport infrastructure of, both local airfields (aerodromos in Spanish) and international airports.
At a press conference last week, attended by President Carlos Alvarado, the Ministers Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), Rodolfo Méndez; Minister of Tourism (ICT), María Amalia Revelo; the General Director of Civil Aviation, Guillermo Hoppe and the Executive Director of AERIS, Rafael Mencía, it was learned that to date, works have been completed in Palmar Sur, Golfito, Pérez Zeledón and Guápiles, for more than ¢5.6 billion colones and work is progressing at the airfields of Quepos, Tortuguero, Coto 47 and Puerto Jiménez, where more than ¢8.7 billion colones is being invested.
At the international airports Daniel Oduber in Liberia (LIR), Tobías Bolaños and Limón, the investment is more than ¢75 billion colones, while at the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport, mixed investment with oncessionaire Aeris, projects are progressing.
“In these 10 years of administration, AERIS has successfully demonstrated the good relations and results of the private public alliance to provide Costa Rica with the airport infrastructure it deserves,” said AERIS Executive Director Rafael Mencía.
“We are demonstrating that we are able to boost the local and national economy and encourage tourism by strengthening the country’s airport infrastructure,” said President Alvarado, stating that “with that conviction, we are contributing to generating opportunities for job creation.”
Read the full statement (In Spanish) by the Presidencia.