Costa Rican Executive Airports

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Rendition of possible Quepos/Manuel Antonio Airport Terminal.
Rendition of possible Quepos/Manuel Antonio Airport Terminal.

QUEPOS, Costa Rica–Well known as the power house of tourism in Central America, the Civil Aviation Board (DGAC in spanish) is hoping to bring the domestic airports into the next level of service and connectivity. Costa Rica has only two international airports (with Immigration and Customs), Juan Santamaria International Airport that services San Jose and Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia/Golden Coast in Guanacaste. The rest of the airports are 100% domestic. Costa Rica has landing strips and some with terminal buildings at Tamarindo Beach, Nosara Beach, Samara Beach, Punta Islita, Tambor Beach, Quepos/Manuel Antonio, Limon, Golfito, Palmar Sur, Puerto Jimenez, Drake Bay, Carate Beach and San Vito. But it is Quepos/Manuel Antonio (with code XQP) the one that will become the next Costa Rican executive airport. The plan is to extend its runway and ramp, construct a new terminal building that can be developed in due time to accomodate Inmigration and Customs Areas. With an extended runway XQP could allow the operation of the ATR-42s and ATR-72s (the airliner used by Avianca Airlines from its Central American hub in San Salvador) and private airplanes. Members of the Costa Rican Congress hope the new President (elections on February 2nd 2014) will develop several more of the domestic airports into executive airports to satisfy the demand of the leisure destinations accross the nation.

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