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2025: Central American Mega-Worldport

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SAN JOSE,Costa Rica–By 2025 Costa Rica should have it’s new airport to service San Jose and the Central Valley. This would be the third airport (La Sabana Airport inside the city served until the 1950s when the El Coco Airport, today Juan Santamaria International Airport took over). The new mega airport will be constructed in the region of Orotina, on the Pacific Coast of the country. The project is to construct a Central American Mega-Worldport that could connect the “heart” of Central America with the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Juan Santamaria International Airport (MROC) is today the second busiest airport in Central America after Panama’s Tocumen International Airport, but still Costa Rica is the power house of tourism in the region. The new Orotina International Airport will compete with Tocumen (that has had several terminal expansion) and El Salvador’s Comalapa International Airport (Avianca’s Central American hub) that should be upgraded in starting this year. The Orotina International Airport will double in size in comparison to Juan Santamaria, will have two runways and a super terminal that could accomodate several airliners including the Airbus A-380s, A-350s and Boeing’s 747-800s, 777s and the 787s Dreamliners.  Juan Santamaria International Airport would be used as a regional airport for Central American flights, charters and executive airplanes. AERIS is the private company that manages the Juan Santamaria International Airport unil 2021. Its expected that the construction and management of the new Orotina International Airport will be handled by a private company.

The new Orotina International Airport will have two extended runways at sea level.
The new Orotina International Airport will have two extended runways at sea level.
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The “Heart of Central America”

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Juan Santamaria International Airport is one of the connecting hubs of Avianca and TACA.
Juan Santamaria International Airport is one of the connecting hubs of Avianca and TACA.

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica. —  Located in the center of the Central American isthmus, Costa Rica is often called “The Heart of the Region”. The country is the power house of tourism and Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) that services San Jose/Alajuela is also located in the center of the nation. Since the privatization of the management of the terminal, the Juan Santamaria International Airport has become one of the most modern airport terminals in Latin America. It is one of the main important hubs of TACA Airlines (soon AVIANCA) and it is serviced by many airlines from the United States: American Airlines from Miami and Dallas, DELTA Airlines from Atlanta, United Airlines from Houston and Newark, US Airways from Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix, jetBlue from Orlando, Spirit Airlines from Fort Lauderdale and Frontier Airlines from Denver.In July DELTA Airlines will start daily non-stop from Los Angeles, jetBlue from Fort Lauderdale and United Airlines will start Saturday operations from Chicago and Washington-Dulles. Canadian carriers include Air Canada and Air Transat, Mexican carriers include AeroMexico and Interjet. IBERIA Airlines operates daily A-340-600 non-stop flights from Madrid and German carrier Condor twice weekly flights from Frankfurt. For 2013 and 2014 more airlines are expected to start operations and some names include Southwest/Air Tran Airways, Alaska Airlines and even an Asian carrier. AERIS is the private company that manages and administrates the airport, now considered the hub of Central America.