SAN JOSE, Costa Rica–The Civil Aviation General Directorate of Costa Rica announced in the nations capital, the Brunca Region International Airport (South Pacific of Costa Rica) will become in several years a reality. The international airport will be located 5 kilometers of the town of Palmar, close to the Sierpe wetlands in the Province of Puntarenas. The AIRB (in spanish Aeropuerto Internacional Region Brunca) will be constructed in the next four years and it is expected the new President of Costa Rica that will take power on May, will focus in the development of this important international airport in the South Pacific region. The construction of the airport will have two phases. Phase 1 will include a runway of 2,200 meters long by 45 meters wide. The terminal building would be able to attend from 150 to 200 passengers per flight. For Phase 2 the runway would be extended to 3,300 meters. “The airport has the objective to serve and facilitate the arrivals of airplanes like the Hercules C-130, equiped to transport emergency materials”, Alvaro Vargas, the director of the Civil Aviation informed. The commercial airplanes that are expected to service the AIRB are Airbus 320 family of jets (A-320,A-319 and A-318), Embraer E-190, the regional ATR-72s, De Havilland DHC-8 and Learjets. In addition to U.S. and Canadian carriers, the DGAC hopes that airlines like Avianca and COPA Airlines would operate flights from their respective hubs in San Salvador and Panama City. Also new start-ups in Costa Rica like Ticos Air and TIA (Ticas International Airlines) will be invited to operate in the Brunca Region International Airport.
LA FORTUNA, Costa Rica–January 2nd was a close call for several passengers on board Costa Rican domestic carrier Nature Air’s DHC-6 Twin Otter (registration TI-BFN) that crashed landed at La Fortuna landing strip. The flight originated in Costa Rica’s capital San Jose and was normal until the arrival in this town north of the country and gateway to the popular Arenal Volcano. Fortunately no one was injured but the airplane suffered damages to its structure. It is not clear if it will be a total loss. Nature Air is Costa Rica’s second domestic carrier (even though it operates two international flights to Managua, Nicaragua and Bocas del Toro, Panama). The airline operates old Canadian de Havilland DHC-6s and has been under scrutiny for safety reasons. The authorities of the Costa Rican Civil Aviation Board (DGAC in Spanish) will investigate in detail the unfortunate incident of January 2nd.