Donation offered for new north Pacific coast airport

An air strip could attract even more visitors to the popular cluster of beaches in Costa Rica’s northwest coast because Conchal-area businesses have offered up a piece of land for the government to build one.

The Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, runway is planned to be about 900 meters (about 2,950 feet) and in close vicinity to Playa Brasilito. Aviación Civil, the country’s aeronautical body, will be in charge of planning and constructing the new strip.

In the coming weeks, necessary permits will be filed and technical studies will be done. The project has an expected price tag of $1 million.

Security Minister Celso Gamboa and Oldemar Madrigal, the head of the ministry’s air team, visited the property this weekend to inspect it. They also were joined by Wilhelm von Breymann, minister of Turismo; Carlos Segnini, minister of Obras Públicas y Transportes, and Vice President Ana Elena Chacón.

Ms. Chacón said the government has always

Officials study the map of the proposed airport.

Officials study the map of the proposed airport.

held onto the idea of making the popular tourist destination accessible to aircrafts, but this new donation from the Conchal businesses has allowed it to push the project into the foreground.

Besides Brasalito and Conchal, the coast is known for big-name beach spots like Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo, and Playa Avellana.  Tamarindo already has an airport.

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