In order to accommodate the increasing passenger traffic through the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste, CORIPORT, the management company, has announced the expansion of the terminal. This airport, located in Costa Rica’s beautiful northwestern province, has become an incredibly popular hub in this tropical country, with almost 900,000 passengers travelling through it in 2015 alone, showing a 12.4% increase since the previous year.
The construction will expand the baggage claim area, the waiting area, and add new space for retail shops and offices. These renovations will enlarge the terminal by 20% and make the environment more pleasant for those passing through. CORIPORT says this $10.3 million expansion investment will begin during the second quarter of this year and expects to be completed by the same time in 2017. Cesar Jamarillo, General Manager of CORIPORT, says they will also be adding a cargo terminal in order to facilitate the needs of importers and exporters.
Liberia has grown into a very popular stepping stone for Costa Rica’s tourism, boasting easy access to countless breathtaking beaches and nearby volcanoes. The airport’s busiest months of 2015 were in January, February, and March, hosting 100,000 passengers each month. Major airlines have begun recognizing the importance of this location and have created direct flights to it from major cities, such as Houston, Los Angeles, and even London, England. This remarkable airport expansion, as well as the direct flights, will further promote Costa Rica’s tourism industry and encourage foreigners to visit the most beautiful country in the world!