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Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport

Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Daniel Oduber Quirós) (IATA: LIR, ICAO: MRLB), also known as Liberia International Airport, is one of four international airports in Costa Rica. It serves especially as a tourism hub for those who visit the Pacific coast and western Costa Rica. The airport is named for Daniel Oduber Quirós, who served as president of Costa Rica from 1974 to 1978.

Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR)

Liberia International Airport
Liberia Airport Logo.jpg
Liberia International Airport Main Building.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Costa Rica
OperatorCoriport S.A.
ServesLiberia, Costa Rica
Elevation AMSL269 ft / 82 m
Coordinates10°35′35″N 85°32′44″W / 10.59306°N 85.54556°W / 10.59306; -85.54556Coordinates: 10°35′35″N 85°32′44″W / 10.59306°N 85.54556°W / 10.59306; -85.54556
Websitehttps://lircr.com/
Map
LIR is located in Costa Rica
LIR
LIR
Location in Costa Rica
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,750 9,022 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers1,116,810
Passenger change 17–18Increase2.2%
Aircraft movements20,799
Movements change 17–18Decrease1.3%
Source: AIP[1] DGAC[2] SkyVector[3] Google Maps[4]

The airport is 11 kilometres (7 mi) west-southwest of the city of Liberia in Guanacaste Province. The Liberia VOR-DME (Ident: LIB) is located on the field.[5]

HistoryEdit

 
Main building interior, passenger check-in area.

The idea for an airport in Guanacaste Province was initially conceived during the government of Daniel Oduber Quirós (1974–1978).[6] The airport was initially named "Llano Grande", due to the name of the area that it was built in.[6] It would later be named "Aeropuerto Tomas Guardia," and the last name it received is that of ex-president Daniel Oduber Quirós, in honour of his work for the province of Guanacaste. However, most people call it "Liberia International Airport".

In October 1995 the airport was re-inaugurated as an international airport. To support this expansion of operations, the pavement on the runway was redone and special landing lights were installed.[6] Also a firefighter station was added to comply with FAA and international regulations.[7] Initial response from commercial airlines to the expansion was timid; however, after one year the airport went from having only one weekly charter flight to one almost every day.[8]

In 2006, to manage increased demand of the airport, the government and local tourism chamber boards set aside funds to increase the parking capacity of the tarmac from five to eight airplanes, and for the construction of a parallel taxiway.[9] However, the government made it clear that the solutions were only temporary and that a private company would need to be contracted to expand and operate the airport in the future.[9] Also in 2007 a new waiting area and airport counters were opened,[10] the airport was by then receiving more than 180,000 visitors yearly.[10]

Expanded terminal and new operatorEdit

The government of Costa Rica awarded CORIPORT, S.A., a 20-year concession to design, finance, construct and operate a new terminal building and its associated landside facilities, as well as approximately 36,000 m2 (390,000 sq ft) of airport land currently occupied by the existing terminal and associated facilities. CORIPORT's shareholders include MMM Aviation Group, Emperador Pez Espada S.R.L., Inversiones Cielo Claro LTDA, Cocobolo Inversiones S.R.L., and ADC&HAS Airports Worldwide[11] who is also the project's operator.

The new terminal building, encompassing approximately 23,000 m2 (250,000 sq ft), features a contemporary design that both increases efficiency and capacity over the existing facility. Construction started on 19 October 2010; the terminal opened on 12 January 2012.[12] Further expansion of the terminal commenced in January 2017 and was completed in November; the expansion adds capacity for the airport to receive 5 new airlines.[13]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

StatisticsEdit

 
Current domestic routes from LIR.
 
Current Americas routes from LIR.
 
Current Europe routes from LIR.

Daniel Oduber Quirós International airport is the country's second and Central America's sixth busiest airport. In 2016, Liberia International Airport reported 1,146,163 passengers, a 30.5% increase

LIR passenger totals, 2000–2017 (thousands)
 
Source: Directorate General of Civil Aviation
Number of passengers Percentage change Number of movements Percentage change
2000 91,206 9,095
2001 87,145  04.45% 6,347  030.21%
2002 61,948  028.91% 6,467  01.89%
2003 98,495  059.00% 7,089  09.62%
2004 203,823  0106.94% 9,955  040.43%
2005 303,171  048.74% 12,754  028.12%
2006 391,567  029.16% 13,852  08.61%
2007 423,327  08.11% 14,592  05.34%
2008 442,902  04.62% 16,615  013.86%
2009 396,188  010.55% 12,716  023.47%
2010 311,009  021.50% 11,720  07.83%
2011 539,610  073.50% 11,695  00.21%
2012 668,762  023.93% 13,005  011.20%
2013 680,355  01.73% 14,059  08.10%
2014 779,757  014.61% 15,366  09.30%
2015 878,365  012.65% 19,468  026.70%
2016 1,146,163  030.49% 20,758  06.63%
2017 1,092,483  04.68% 21,037  01.34%
2018 1,116,810  02.19% 20,799  01.14%
Source: Directorate General of Civil Aviation of Costa Rica

Top international destinationsEdit

Busiest international routes to and from LIR (Jan. 2016 – Dec. 2016)
Airport Arrivals Departures Total 2014-2015 Carriers
1 Houston, United States1 151,602 147,711 299,313  039.95% Southwest, United
2 Atlanta, United States 66,719 70,254 138,765  00.15% Delta
3 Los Angeles, United States 66,971 70,254 134,623  0402.19% Alaska, Delta, Southwest
4 New York City, United States 48,778 48,293 97,071  033.36% Delta, Jetblue
5 Toronto, Canada 47,338 44,787 92,125  07.88% Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet
6 Miami, United States 44,183 47,153 91,336  021.99% American
7 Newark, United States 12,472 26,025 38,497  017.44% United
8 London, United Kingdom 15,592 14,593 30,185  0 TUI Airways
9 Dallas, United States 13,774 14,594 28,323  027.90% American
10 Minneapolis, United States 13,608 14,013 27,621  068.81% Delta, Sun Country
11 Chicago, United States 12,300 13,651 25,951  025.39% United
12 Calgary, Canada 9,202 9,465 18,667  01476.6% WestJet
13 Montreal, Canada 6,129 7,263 13,392  08.27% Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing
14 Denver, United States 5,823 5,543 11,366  071.82% United
15 Panama City, Panama 5,245 5,897 12,194  08.63% Copa
Source: Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Air Transportation Statistical Yearbook (Years 2015,[17] and 2016[18]).
Notes:

^1 United flies to Houston-Intercontinental Airport, and Southwest flies to Houston-Hobby Airport. The data here is for traffic between LIR and all airports in Houston.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ AIP - Part 3 Aerodromes Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ (in Spanish)Resumen Estadístico 2017. Datos Preliminares
  3. ^ "Liberia/Daniel Oduber International Airport". SkyVector. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Aeropuerto Internacional Daniel Oduber Quirós". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Liberia VOR". Our Airports. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Barahona, Hazel (1996-05-27). "Aeropuerto de Liberia aún no despega". La Nacion (in Spanish). Costa Rica.
  7. ^ Sánchez Quirós, Olger Rafael. "Historia del Cuerpo de Bomberos del Aeropuerto Internacional Daniel Oduber Quirós Liberia Guanacaste" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  8. ^ Mora, Emilia (1997-01-19). "Liberia despega". La Nacion (in Spanish). Costa Rica.
  9. ^ a b Rodríguez, Rebeca (2006-04-27). "Aeropuerto de Liberia con mayor espacio para aviones". La Nacion (in Spanish). Costa Rica.
  10. ^ a b Rodríguez, Rebeca (2007-03-23). "Gobierno inaugura obras en aeropuerto de Liberia". La Nacion (in Spanish). Costa Rica.
  11. ^ "ADC & HAS". Archived from the original on 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  12. ^ Alvarado, Karla Arias. "At last, the new Liberia airport terminal opens for business". TicoTimes.net. Archived from the original on 8 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  13. ^ Madrigal, Karla (2016-12-06). "La Republica" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  14. ^ "Air Transat schedules new routes in W19". RoutesOnline. 8 May 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  15. ^ "American's New Caribbean & Latin America Routes". One Mile at a Time. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  16. ^ "KLM start vluchten naar Liberia in Costa Rica". luchtvaartnieuws.nl. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  17. ^ Anuario Estadístico de Transporte Aéreo 2015. Dirección General de Aviación Civil de Costa Rica
  18. ^ Anuario Estadístico de Transporte Aéreo 2016. Dirección General de Aviación Civil de Costa Rica

External linksEdit

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