After the failure of the first tender, the government of Costa Rica published in October 2012 a tender for the construction of new hangars for COOPESA.
With capacity for up to six large scale aircraft, the new hangars will be built on the south side of Juan Santamaria Airport, costing approximately $12 million.
The total investment required for the transfer of the COOPESA hangars from their current location, where future expansion of the passenger terminals and cargo is hindered, total $32 million, which includes earth works, construction of road surfaces and a ramp.
An article in Elfinancierocr.com reports that “The transfer –something which has been on the agenda for 15 years – is essential in order to enable the expansion of Juan Santamaria airport.
In December 2011, the Government and COOPESA finally agreed: they decided to move the hangars and aircraft maintenance workshops to a property adjacent to the airport terminal.