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Is It Finally Going to Happen? A Southern International Airport in Costa Rica

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Will there be a new airport for the southern region of Costa Rica? Appears it might be so, as a contract has been awarded for an environmental feasibility study for a new international airport located in the southern section of Costa Rica.

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Original Article Text From El Financiero via Google Translate :

Spanish firm assess environmental feasibility of south airport

The Spanish Engineering and its partner Acciona Interforest Costa Rica will be responsible for preparing the environmental feasibility studies for new airport in the south.The consortium won the contract tendered by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and will have a term of nine months to determine the feasibility of the work, whose proximity to the wetland Térraba – Sierpe has raised fears of environmentalists and tourism operators.
However , the study of the impact on birds and their migratory behavior takes a year. But this is not possible to take a decision on whether to build the new terminal on the site selected.

“Environmental issues, particularly the wetland to us as we are concerned the public is concerned. We are aware that we could never get into this work is at risk if the zone or wet l “said Luis Carlos Monge Deputy Minister of Air Transport.

In environmental studies, the Government expects to add assessments of social and economic impact that would open the new airport with a foot runway, where aircraft may land up Airbus A320 and Embraer 190.

Misgivings
The plan to build the new terminal is viewed with suspicion by the business community and environmental groups in the area. To allay the fears generated by the proximity of the wetland, the Civil Aviation reduced the scale of the project of a mega airport to a more modest facility with capacity to serve up to 150 passengers and intended for corporate and charter aviation.

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