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Government confirms plans for new Costa Rica airport

Costa Rica has announced that it is to invest $2.6 billion on upgrading the country's port, airport and highway infrastructure over the next few years.

Costa Rica has announced that it is to invest $2.6 billion on upgrading the country's port, airport and highway infrastructure over the next few years.

The declaration of intent – outlined in the government's 2011-14 national development plan – follows an earlier statement from President, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, claiming that the construction of a new airport in the south of the country was of “national interest”.

It is estimated that the new international airport will cost upwards of $35 million and be built in Valle de Diques in the Sierpe de Osa region.

Also on the agenda are projects to improve facilities at the country’s ports, build 80 bridges, construct or renovate a host of major highways and pave some 1,200km of secondary roads.

The government plans to finance some of the projects directly and others through concessions.

In a separate development, the Coriport consortium responsible for operating Liberia’s Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in the province of Guanacaste has issued a series of RFPs to operate the gateway’s retail, F&B and other concessionaire facilities.

The airport, Costa Rica’s second largest, is strategically located in an area with high tourist and economic activity.

Capital San José’s Juan Sanatamaria International Airport, operated by a consortium spearheaded by US-based Houston Airport Systems (HAS), ADC and Brazilian company, Andrade Gutierrez Concessoes (AGC), recently invested $100 million on the modernisation and expansion of its new terminal building.

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