Terminal at Daniel Oduber opens with first tourists

Minsterio de Obras Públicas y Transportes photo Time was when tourists had to climb down stairs and walk across the tarmack.

The new, $35 million passenger terminal at Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia went into service Thursday, and the first persons to have the advantage of the new building were identified as U.S. tourists.

They were Robin and Elizabeth Brown, and they met with President Laura Chinchilla Miranda, who was on hand for the inauguration.

The new terminal ads 10 immigration places to the previous seven and can handle 1,500 passengers an hour or four airliners at the same time.

Minsterio de Obras Públicas y Transportes photo New terminal has waiting rooms on second floor.

Ms. Chinchilla told the Browns that Costa Rica wants visitors to return.

The terminal was six months late in opening. The sprawling terminal is 23,000 square meters in two levels. That is 247,570 square feet.

In 10 years the Liberia airport has grown from a facility handling just a few charter jets to a rival in tourist traffic to Alajuela’s Juan Santamaría airport. The airport has been a financial blessing to Guanacaste tourism.

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