Airport Improvements Almost Complete


From the Tico Times - Improvements to the runway at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, Guanacaste are expected to be completed by the end of the month, officials said. Costa Rica’s second-busiest international airport will have a repaved and repainted runway and taxiways before this year’s tourist high season begins. The airport has remained open during the infrastructure work.

LIR also serves as a diversion airport when flights cannot land at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) near San José due to poor weather. In 2003, Liberia’s airport handled fewer than 100,000 people. Last year, it welcomed more than 1.1 million. LIR also won a service quality award earlier this year.

The improvements to LIR come as part of a nationwide project to improve Costa Rica’s airport infrastructure. President Carlos Alvarado says the $160 million investment will create jobs and improve the tourism industry, on which Costa Rica relies heavily.

(Photo courtesy of ICT)