A hefty $10.3 million-dollar expansion of Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia began last year, with the expectation to increase the airport’s yearly capacity by 300,000, as plans for new flight options are in place.
President Carlos Alvarado and the Minister of Tourism, Maria Amalia Revelo attended the official Liberia Airport expansion inauguration, joining representatives of the Inter-American Investment Corporation and the airport’s administrators.
“We recognize tourism as the motor of the national economy and its multiplying effect to improve the quality of life of thousands of Costa Ricans,” President Alvarado commented.
The extensive 48,814 square foot airport expansion includes greater boarding gates, larger main lobby, more check-in counters, additional stores and a new baggage carousel with intentions to add greater amounts of airline flights into Liberia Airport. Currently nearly 73% of travelers coming into Liberia Airport arrive from the United States, but with the large expansion, Costa Rica hopes to bring in a wider variety of tourists from other parts of the world.
“We are adding efforts to diversify the market of flights to Liberia, an objective we have been working on along with the airport’s concessionaire and the Guanacaste Chamber of Tourism,” Revelo stated.