Expansion of Liberia Airport

December 9, 2009

The expansion of Daniel Oduber  Quirós International Airport in Liberia will begin by March 2010.
The plan includes building a terminal for 1,500 passengers with an investment of $ 35 million.
The new terminal will measure 23 thousand meters square located on two floors and will also include shopping areas, airline desks and bathrooms.
The beginning of the expansion in the first quarter of next year was announced by Guillermo Matamoros, Vice Minister of Concessions.
On that date the company which was entrusted the work shall submit the contract for financing and the final design work, the official said.
Taking into account that the contract was not to exceed six months of construction, the new terminal would be inaugurated in September 2010.
So far there has been no signs that the commencement of the work could be delayed, according to Matamoros.
Rather, the progress so far could lead to start ahead of schedule, said the Deputy Minister.
The expansion of the passenger service area at the airport in Liberia became necessary with the rapid growth of demand for that terminal.
Since the first six years of the opening of the terminal for international flights, the number of passengers handled grew by over 850%.
Last year alone 20% of foreigners who have chosen Costa Rica for their holidays, entered by the “guanacastecan” terminal, according to reports from Tourism.
The expansion of the Daniel Oduber was given to Coriport, composed of firms MMM Group SA Aviation, Houston Airport System, Emperador Pez Espada SRL, Brad & Tod Corporation SRL Investment and Cocobolo S.R.L.
The construction of the passenger terminal in Liberia was handled by means of concession. This competition will allow private enterprise to finance, build and recover the investment and profits by operating a 20-year contract.

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