Mott MacDonald delivers masterplan for new airport in Costa Rica


Mott MacDonald has delivered the masterplan for a new $3.5 billion international airport in Alajuela, Orotina, Costa Rica to the Centro American Corporation of Air Navigation Services (COCESNA).

The project will replace the country’s Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José, which will be unable to meet future aviation demand beyond 2026.

After conducting a 12-month feasibility study, Mott MacDonald recommends the expansion of Route 27, a key link between San José with Puntarenas, the construction of a new highway in Alajuela connecting Pozon de Orotina and San Ramón, as well as a new train route between Orotina and San José.

The President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Sollis has been presented with the masterplan at a public presentation in San José. Mott MacDonald developed the masterplan as part of an integrated team which also included FSA, Enroute and Gensler.

Mott MacDonald’s project director, Horacio Rossi says: “This new international airport will go a long way to helping Costa Rica achieve its vision to further develop and improve its aviation services.

“The major infrastructure investment will also provide the additional capacity to support both export and tourism, as well as offer opportunities for local employment and skills development, especially during construction.”

Mott MacDonald has delivered technical, commercial and management services to 29 airports in Central and South America over the last 15 years.