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FCC to upgrade San José airport in Costa Rica for 25 million euro


FCC to upgrade San José airport in Costa Rica for 25 million euro

  • FCC, the Citizen Services Group, reinforces its presence in Latin America with a new contract. The company has been chosen to upgrade Costa Rica's main airport.
  • The contract, which is valued at 25 million euro, includes the construction of a hangar at Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela, 18 kilometres from San José, the capital city. The execution period is 1.5 years. 


FCC to upgrade San José airport in Costa Rica for 25 million euro

The airport serves airlines that provide service throughout the Americas (North, Central and South) as well as Europe. Juan Santamaría International Airport is among the fastest-growing in the region, in terms of numbers of passengers (almost five million per year) and airlines, as well as cargo volume.

The project, which will span a total area of 21,894 square metres, includes a main hangar and several ancillary workshops, a general-purpose building, and a store for flammable liquids and materials, as well as a 150-space car park.

The hangar will be built 150 metres from the runway and will have six bays capable of accommodating Boeing 757-300-class aircraft. The hangar design focuses on operability and adaptability, with the goal of a small footprint.

The exterior and roof will be similar in appearance, and ancillary buildings will have the same aesthetic as the hanger. Special attention was paid to rainwater collection and removal.

This project is part of National Transport Plan, implemented by the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Works, which allocates 36.5 billion euro for road, railway, airport and aeronautical infrastructure over the next 25 years, most of which have yet to be tendered.

Costa Rica and Latin America

FCC, the Citizen Services Company, began operating in Costa Rica in 2004. Since then, it has completed major infrastructure projects such as the San José-Caldera highway (77 kilometres long) and upgrading the Heredia-Alajuela road (10 kilometre section), and several road maintenance contracts including the Barranca-Peñas Blancas highway (200 kilometres long) and roads in Cartago, the Atlantic zone, and San Ramón.

The company is currently expanding and upgrading the Cañas-Liberia road (50 kilometres long), which includes building/refurbishing 16 bridges. FCC has a backlog of 88 million euro and a workforce of over 300 people in Costa Rica.

FCC views Latin America as a strategic area, and has been operating there for 15 years through local companies, such as subsidiaries in Panama and Costa Rica. This region accounts for 11.5% of group revenues (1H13 figures), mainly attributable to infrastructure development.

FCC's activity in the region has been recognized on several occasions, most recently on 18 October, when FCC Chairman Esther Alcocer Koplowitz received the Business Growth Award from the Latin American Business Council (CEAL) on behalf of the company. In particular, the jury highlighted FCC's achievements in the Americas over the last 15 years.