Orotina International Airport
LIMON, Costa Rica–Last week the Juan Santamaria International Airport that services the capital of Costa Rica, was under fire, literally almost. The powerful Turrialba Volcano erupted on March 11th and clouds of ash were flown into the Central Valley and reached the plain of “El Coco”, where the international airport is located, forcing the most important airport terminal in the country to shut down for a day and a half. The Airport resumed operations on Friday at 2:30 P.M. but more that 7000 thousand passengers were affected. Some airliners were stranded at the Alajuelan airport and some didn’t even departed from their original cities like Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Dallas and Houston. Chaos really knocked the door at Juan Santamaria International Airport. And the biggest problem is that the future Orotina International Airport (just a project) is way delayed, the Costa Rican Government hasn’t event started to buy out the lands in the area where the new airport should be constructed. And even though Liberia’s Daniel Oduber International Airport is one of the most modern airport terminals in Central America, still the Guanacaste airport is 5 hours away from San Jose and logistically is not the best to function as an alternate airport for the AIJS (Initials in Spanish for the Juan Santamaria). But MEL Group’s project of constructing an international airport in Limon could be that “safety net” so much needed not only as a cargo gateway in the Caribbean province but also as a real alternate airport. If the new Limon International Airport would have been operating, last weeks chaos could have been diverted. It is also expected that the new highway between Limon and San Jose will put a driver in the capital in less than two hours. Now the country and the Province of Limon would have to wait to see if the MEL Group project will get full support of the Luis Guillermo Solis administration. At the end this will help avoid many headaches for passengers and also for the airlines that service Costa Rica.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica–The Lake Hille/ASA Company presented the study of the mega million resort project to be constructed in Tarcoles Beach in the pacific province of Puntarenas. The project that will be called “Punta Loros” would include 34 apartment buildings, three hotels, and 18-hole golf course and common areas of leisure. The investment would be of $400 million. Next to Punta Loros another resort called Nativa would share the Tarcoles Beach. Just 45 minutes away from San Jose, the area of Tarcoles Beach in Garabito will become another part of the Costa Rican Riviera, this area in the Central Pacific of the country. If the new International Airport is constructed in Orotina (should be ready by 2025), Punta Loros would be just 15 minutes away from the new mega airport.
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.