Orotina Airport: Enhancing Tourism and Creating Incredible Business Opportunities

This past May, the Costa Rica government signed off on a design contract for a new international airport to be developed in Orotina. Located to the west of San Jose, this new airport will provide easier transportation and create incredible business opportunities.

Having an airport in Orotina will certainly give agriculture and tourism a much-needed boost, not to mention the abundance of new business opportunities that it will create in the area west of San Jose. Once the project gets underway, there will be a significant need for workers to expand the infrastructure on the surrounding road. Jobs will open for construction, operation, and more, as well.

With an estimated cost of $5 billion in U.S. dollars, the new Orotina airport will have a positive impact on tourism. With Orotina being so close to beautiful Pacific beaches, the airport will take tourism to a new level.

However, the Orotina International Airport will also affect the agriculture industry. With this airport complete, producers will have the ability to increase exports due to a greater number of direct flights to European countries and because of the larger aircraft.

As part of the project, the Ruta 27 has to be expanded. Between Orotina and San Jose, the road must have a minimum of three lanes in each direction. In addition, the airport will need to be connected to the train. For creating a corridor between Orotina and San Jose, this will be the responsibility of Incofer, the national railway system.

Some aspects of the project remain unclear. One thing has been determined: Expanding the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) is not a viable option due to space constraints. The Costa Rican government stated that Mott MacDonald, a British international consulting firm, will handle the preliminary study of the Orotina airport. The cost for the analysis is $1.6 million U.S., and it will cover meteorologist, financial, operational, construction, social, technical, and environmental aspects.

Once the new Orotina International Airport project is complete, it will easily accommodate 10 million travelers every year. The airport will be constructed on 3,000 acres to include three runways capable of handling aircraft as large as a Boeing 747-800 and A380.

James Drews

Vice President, Sales. Age 43 Prior to co-founding VESTA GROUP, James moved to Costa Rica in 1996 and began his real estate career here by co-founding Dominical Realty. In 2001, the company obtained a Coldwell Banker independent franchise, and three years later partnered with another Coldwell Banker franchise in Costa Rica to become Vesta Group, the Master-Franchise-holder for the entire country. As a member of the Global Association of Realtors and the U.S.-based National Association of Realtors, the Master Franchise has already grown to ten (10) offices throughout the country, with several more currently in process. James is married to a Costa Rican, and proud father of 3 daughters ages 7,10, and 20. James, is well respected among the local and foreign community, and carries high ethical standards, and a hard working family man that seeks to provide his customers with the best level of service possible. James goes out of his way to seek out new frontiers that are ahead of the wave, and specializes in rural and remote farmland, developing land and collecting legacy type of properties. Surfing big waves, fishing, hiking, and travel are favorite pastimes. Daily goal is a new discovery. Approaching 20 years of living in Costa Rica, James knows his territory well, and has much love for his new country and it's people, and will guide you well, and share his resources and local knowle​d​ge with you to make your new venture successful.​ ​