Aviation officials decide to allow evening operations at Pavas airport

Civil aviation authorities thought they would save some money by closing the Tobías Bolaños airport in Pavas during hours of darkness. After the announcement Oct. 1, the protests were many.

Now the Dirección General de Aviación Civil says that the airport will remain open from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. for flights within Costa Rica.

The airport also will be in service 24 hours a day for ambulance flights, said the agency.

Airport police are at the airport around the clock, and they have tested the landing lights during a simulation, said the aviation agency.

The agency estimated that it could save 180 million colons a year by closing the airport at 6 p.m. That’s about $340,000 for a government that has a big deficit.

The airport is an alternate for Juan Santamaría airport and caters to general aviation and national flights.

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