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Masterplan unveiled for new Costa Rican international airport.

The Mott MacDonald consultancy has delivered the masterplan fora newUS$3.5 billion international airport in Alajuela, Orotina, Costa Rica to the Centro American Corporation of Air Navigation Services (COCESNA). The project will replace the country's Juan Santamaria International Airport (IATA: SJO) in San Jose, which will be unable to meet future passenger demand beyond 2026.

After conducting a 12-month feasibility study, Mott MacDonald has forecast a demand of 7.8 million passengers at the new airport during its first year of operation in 2027, rising to 20 million in 2047 and 50 million long-term. To support additional passenger numbers, the study recommends the expansion of Route 27, a key link between San Jose with Puntarenas, the construction of a new highway in Alajuela connecting Pozon de Orotina and San Ramon, as well as a new train line between Orotina and San Jose.

The President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis, was presented with the masterplan at a public presentation in San Jose. Mott MacDonald developed the plan as part of an integrated team which also included FSA, Enroute and Gensler. It was prepared in close collaboration with government departments and with direct oversight from Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil, Costa Rica's civil aviation authority.

Caption: Costa Rica's future airport is expected to handle 7.8 million passengers in its first year of operation. (Mott MacDonald)

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Title Annotation:NEWS: HEADLINES
Publication:Airports International
Geographic Code:2COST
Date:Aug 1, 2017
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