Tourism chamber opposes big jump in airport landing fees

The national tourism chamber says proposed increases in airport usage fees are disproportionate. The adjustments in fees mainly concerns airports in Pavas, Limón and Liberia.

The Cámara Nacional de Turismo said it presented its opposition before the Consejo Técnico de Aviación Civil. The increases are estimated to be between 23.18 and 29.49 percent, the chamber said.

The chamber said this would cost passengers more and decrease the number of local flights.

The main concern, said the chamber are the Tobias
Bolaños airport in Pavas, the international airport in Limón and Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia.

The chamber said it feared that the higher percentages would have repercussions on the tourism sector and in the cost of operation for airlines.

A 500-ton airliner that spends 90 minutes at the Liberia airport would pay $4,700 in landing and parking fees, the chamber said.

The chamber said it recognized that the last rate adjustment was 17 years ago, but the tariffs should not be increased in one jump, The rates at Juan Santamaría airport in Alajuela are adjusted each year, it noted.

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