The British firm of Británica MOTT Mac Donald has been picked to prepare a master plan for the proposed Orotina international airport.
The firm was among 12 bidders, and the announcement of the successful firm was Monday.
This is a $1.5 million contract being paid by the regional airport safety agency.
The British firm is expected to help Costa Rican officials pick exactly where the airport will be located and to sketch out designs for the terminal and other facilities.
The Orotina airport is expected to be twice the size of Juan Santamaría
airport in Alajuela with 20 boarding ramps and two runways each three miles long.
Costa Rican officials hope to open the airport sometime before 2030.