Bids to be sought to design new airport

Aviation officials are hoping to award a contract in April for a technical study of  a new airport in Orotina.

The country’s Consejo Técnico de Aviación Civil said Thursday that the Corporación Centroamericana de Servicios de Navegación Aérea would evaluate 10 proposals by as many major firms that are seeking to design the new facility. The candidates include European and North American firms.

The proposed airport is supposed to be big enough to handle wide-body passenger jets.

The Central American aviation safety entity will pay the $1.7 million that is allocated for a master plan for the new airport, said the Consejo. That job is supposed to take a year, and the start could be delayed if any bidders file objections to the final contract award, said the Consejo.

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