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New International Airport to Open in Costa Rica´s South Pacific in 2014

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Costa Rica´s Civil Aviation Authority (Aviación Civil) is currently working on the development of a new international aerodrome to be built in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica. To be constructed on old banana and plantain farms, technical studies and environmental impact assessments are underway for this $42 million project. The new Costa Rican airport will be built between the towns of Sierpe and Palmar de Osa in the province of Puntarenas and is set to open in 2014. The airport will have a 2400-2600 meter landing strip which will be large enough to receive Boeing 747s, Airbus A320s and Embraer 190s. The terminal will be large enough to accommodate 150 passengers simultaneously.  Previous plans to build a landing strip long enough to receive transatlantic flights have been put on hold.

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Infrastructural improvements continue in the South Pacific of Costa Rica

The confirmation of plans to build an airport in the South Pacific of Costa Rica is one of a series of infrastructural improvements that have benefitted the area.   This includes the opening of the Caldera highway which has encouraged more tourists to visit the South Pacific region of Costa Rica. The new highway has reduced journey times from San Jose to the South Pacific to less than 3 hours.  Resurfacing works on the Costanera highway, as well as the installation of new

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bridges has dramatically improved driving conditions in the area.


Why visit the South Pacific?

The area has benefited from a slow placed development which has ensured the preservation of a dramatic tropical landscape. The warm South Pacific waters are home to resident dolphins and visiting humpback whales and turtles. The Marino Ballena National Park is famous for the naturally formed sandbar in the shape of a whale’s tail. There are an endless amount of eco adventure tours suitable for all the family such as snorkeling, whale watching boat tours, wildlife hikes, horseback riding and surfing.


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