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$15 Million in Improvements for San Jose Airport

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Next year San Jose International Airport, Costa Rica, will extend its operational capacity through a series of infrastructure improvements topping $15 million.

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Original Article Text From el Financiero CR via Google Translate :

Airport Accelerates Renewal

With a wave of renovations, some long awaited, the Juan Santamaria International Airport is preparing to expand its operational capacity.

Rebuilding the remote ramp will begin in January 2013, but from staff and Meco construction company working on disarming the hangar that was used for NASA missions, as well as coordinating and operating permits.

The project aims to extend the ramp current 75,000 square feet to 91,000 square meters and represents an investment of $ 15.2 million.

The idea of ​​improving the ramp, built in the 1990s, has been in the pipeline for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for years, but returned to put on the table with the arrival of manager interested Aeris.

“This allows us to streamline the process of entry and departure of aircraft both cargo and passengers. It also improves efficiency, since aircraft do not have to be towed and can therefore enter their own, “said Luis Carlos Araya, Deputy Air Transport.

Another long process as the transfer of the facilities of the Cooperative self-managed Aeroindustriales Services (COOPESA) is also close off.

On 10 December it published the bid for the construction of a hangar for aircraft maintenance, parking ramp and taxiway contact the runway. The forecast of local authorities is that the poster is awarded in early 2013.

Construction of these facilities funded by the State, were pivotal point in a negotiation process that lasted for 20 years between the government of the day and the Cooperative.

In total, the Government will invest $ 32 million in the construction of new facilities and the transfer of the operation of COOPESA.

This rearrangement is essential for the future growth of the terminal and has been one factor that has prevented the implementation of the last phase of the expansion plan.

Sterile Corridors
Among the works are completed and sterile corridors separating the flow of incoming travelers who wait in the boarding gates.

The work, which enables compliance with international standards, representing an investment of $ 4.4 million.

Simultaneously, extended the duty free shop operated by the Institute for Social Assistance (IMAS) in the baggage claim area.

The aim is that those who enter the country have the opportunity to make purchases in a similar facility to which the Institute operates the boarding gates.

The expansion of the store joins the installation of a new carousel with two feeders, to expedite the distribution of aircraft baggage as many passengers as those operated by Iberia and Condor said Maria Amalia Revelo, commercial director of Aeris.

In the paper is still expanding the number of boarding bridges.

“Progress is being made in the research and design to build in the short term a new boarding area east of the airport,” specified Araya.

This area, dubbed Block G, will have two boarding bridges capable of handling wide-body aircraft, preliminarily.

Investment is estimated that the work will be about $ 11 million.

International experience
To develop important part of these works, Civil Aviation sought an alliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO, for its acronym in French).

Both remote extension of the ramp as the construction of new facilities COOPESA international tenders have been through this agency of the United Nations Organization.

In this process, the funds to pay for the work should be deposited in an account of Costa Rica. The local and foreign bidders must be registered with the Directorate of Technical Cooperation Agency. However, the method has raised some doubts in organizations like the Chamber of Construction.

“No known legal or technical justification, on the choice of an international organization such as ICAO, that this conduct an international recruitment process for repairs to the airstrip area Murcielago valued at $ 1.1 million, “argued that organization in a press release.

Dissatisfaction will not lose sleep at Civil Aviation, which aims to go back to ICAO to contract the performance of previous studies for the new airport to be located in metropolitan Orotina.

This new terminal would cost $ 993 and would replace the Juan Santamaría.

Previously the government had tendered through international agency environmental studies to define the future of the airport in the south.

This wave of works intended to land the pending list carried by the country’s airports.

That task begins to merge with future planning.

On the road
Among the projects that evaluates the Civil Aviation Authority is a relay terminal for John Santamarían and an international airport to the south.

Metropolitan Airport: The terminal, which would be located in Orotina, represents an investment of $ 993 million. Civil Aviation works in the Tender for previous studies and analysis of land for the location of two runways, noise footprints, airspace capacity, wind direction, socio-economic impact in the area.

South Zone: This terminal for corporate aviation and charter flights would be located in Sierpe and Palmar de Osa. Studies are conducted environmental, social and economic as aviary study, which should be completed in August 2013. Also are reviewing the terms of reference to put out to tender for a study of social and economic impact throughout the region Brunca.

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