According to a recently released official statement an expansion will begin in July on the Juan Santamaria (San Jose International) Airport. The expansion will consist of a new 3,100 square meter terminal on the east side of the property that will include two new boarding gates.
The goal of the expansion is to increase the airports ability to receive some 3.5 million passengers by the year 2015. Along with this the goal is to provide the ability to accommodate larger airlines and the newer bread of larger plains (like the new dream liners) that are replacing many of their currently aging fleets.
One of the new design features is the ability to allow two aircraft’s to be parked at the new gates simultaneously. This will be a much needed fix to one of the major design flaws that has really hampered the current airports gates.
The San Jose Airport expansion seems to be following a recent trend of Costa Rica investing into it’s infrastructure that will directly effect the tourist industry. One can point to the increased tourism numbers over the last year as one of the reasons, but as any current expat or request Costa Rican traveler will attest to the lack of infrastructure has been a thorn in the side of Costa Rica for years. The increase in tourism happened in spite of the poor infrastructure so just imagine if the investment had been made 2 years ago!
But you know how the old saying goes; “better late than never.”