Costa Rica's Brunca Region (also known as the Southern Zone) is set to host a new international airport, as the project has been declared a matter of public interest since 2010 and has recently been revived by the government. President Rodrigo Chaves announced this development during his visit to the country's Southern Zone, accompanied by Luis Amador, Minister of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT), and Nayuribe Guadamuz, Minister of Culture and Youth.
"This project has technical studies and a master plan developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and there is a defined location. Since 2010, it has been declared of public interest, and we cannot let any more years go by. We must act while also respecting the heritage and natural resources of the area. So, for the moment, we will complete the studies," said Luis Amador.
Valle del Diquís, specifically the delta area between the Térraba and Sierpe rivers, has been identified as the ideal site for the new airport due to wind direction and the need to comply with national and international regulations regarding operational safety and potential demand for services.
The upcoming international airport in Costa Rica's Brunca Region can accommodate various aircraft, including the Airbus A319/320/321 Family, B737 Family, and executive planes, among others in the medium-range category. The airport's construction will not only enable these types of planes to land in the south of the country but also boost the region's socio-economic and tourism growth, creating employment opportunities for small and medium-sized entrepreneurs providing services.
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT), the General Directorate of Civil Aviation, and the Ministry of Culture and Youth-National Museum are carrying out exploratory and archaeological recovery activities. Once completed, the government can initiate the bidding process for the concession and move on to the construction phase.
The construction of a new international airport in Costa Rica's Brunca Region is not only a significant development for tourism and economic growth. Still, it is also expected to impact the real estate industry positively. The new airport will make popular towns like Dominical, Uvita, and Ojochal more accessible and attractive to international investors, retirees, and tourists, creating more demand for real estate properties, including vacation homes, rental properties, and commercial real estate.
Real estate prices in the Brunca Region are expected to increase as more investors and tourists discover the area's potential. The new airport will provide easier access to the area's beautiful beaches, national parks, and other natural attractions. As the region becomes more accessible, more hotels, restaurants, and other commercial properties will be developed, creating opportunities for real estate investment.
Moreover, constructing the airport itself is expected to boost the local market, creating jobs and stimulating economic activity. The new airport will require a significant workforce, increasing the demand for housing and creating opportunities for real estate investors and developers to build new residential and commercial properties.
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