The development of the new airport in Osa, in the province of Puntarenas, about 53 kilometers southwest of San José, must guarantee respect for the area declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chaves and Ministers of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) Luis Amador and Ministers of Culture and Youth Nayuribe Guadamuz made the announcement on the second day of the Costa Rican President’s tour of the region. South, which will last until next Tuesday.
Chaves pointed out that the AIRB that we are going to build here means more than Airbus or B737 aircraft that land in the south of our country, it means powerful engines for the socio-economic and tourist development of the Brunca region as well as small and medium-sized ones Use size companies that provide services and create jobs.
It means, he continued, having a point in the region to make emergency response and humanitarian response more agile.
“Of course, true development must be inclusive, sustainable and respect our historical memory,” stressed the President of Costa Rica.
Amador said we found a project that has technical studies and even a master plan developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization with a defined location on state land and even since 2010 it has been declared of public interest.
We cannot let the years go by, we must make choices, but for this reason, in full respect of the heritage and natural wealth of the region, reactivating these studies is the right step, he stressed.
The conducted studies ruled out that the airfields, currently located in the southern zone of the country, could be adapted as an international airport, since they do not meet the minimum operational safety requirements for aircraft of greater capacity and autonomy.
For his part, Guadamuz pointed out that from his portfolio, in coordination with the National Museum of Costa Rica, the manager of the World Heritage Site, they provide technical support to the MOPT and civil aviation so that specialized studies can be carried out. require.
Likewise, to assess the impact that the construction and commissioning of the airport will have on the archaeological and cultural heritage, he said.