Juan Santamaria International Airport Reviews
Managed by AERIS Holding – known then as Alterra Partners – since May 2001, Juan Santamaria International Airport is the capital of Costa Rica’s main airport. Under the company’s management, expansion and construction of new facilities were undertaken as part of AERIS Holding’s 20-year concession deal with the airport.
Juan Santamaria International Airport oversees the transportation of domestic and international services from the major American and international carriers. Originally named “Aeropuerto Internacional el Coco” after its location, it was renamed in honor of Costa Rica’s national hero Juan Santamaria in 1961, a few years after its official inauguration. Juan Santamaria was a gallant drummer boy who sacrificed his life defending his country, and now, Juan Santamaria International Airport is one of the primary air hubs with a history to tell.
Reviews – What People Are Saying
“The place is clean the staff are pleasant and helpful but it doesn’t make up for the over priced shops and the limited choice of food,” writes one of the Juan Santamaria International Airport reviews. Most of the positive Juan Santamaria International Airport reviews commented that the customs procedures at this airport were efficient, yet the prices for shopping and dining were very high; nevertheless, the facility was easy to navigate and many reviewers were pleased, giving the airport a 5/10-rating score.
Juan Santamaria International Airport is comprised of a Main terminal and a Domestic terminal. To keep passengers entertained and not bored inside, the airport provides all with free Wifi service accessible by connecting to the “CR_Airport_Free” or “CR-Airport-Free” networks. Sleeping inside Juan Santamaria International Airport is permitted, though it is quite cold inside and passengers are recommended to prepare with extra layers; other Juan Santamaria International Airport reviews on the other hand recommend laying by the escalators where the air conditioning is less cold.
ATMs are here, and so are currency exchanges which are found at the Airport Lobby, Baggage Claim (near carousel 2, carousel 5 and Customs), airside (Gate 9). Juan Santamaria International Airport has 6 Duty Free stores, airside shops selling jewelry and beauty products, and the 24-hour Morpho Store Britt selling books, packaged coffee, and souvenirs. Adding to the feeling of indoor luxury are some 24-hour concessions in both airside and landside areas of the airport which are the following: Cafe Lavazza, Bar Imperial, and Brioche Dorée. There are even massage booths, pharmacies, and spas at Juan Santamaria International Airport.
Juan Santamaria International Airport is located 20 km west of downtown San Jose, central Costa Rica, where it is found in El Coco, near the province of Alajuela. From the airport, travelers can embark on 6-hour drives to most points and places of Costa Rica.
Fiesta Casino, City Mall, Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, and Parque Juan Santamaria are nearby places to Juan Santamaria International Airport.
Location – Traffic – Service
In 2015, Juan Santamaria International Airport had accommodated a total of 4,316,279 passengers which was a 15.5% increase from the previous year’s statistics. Another change was the 4.4% aircraft movement increase to accommodate 79,441 aircraft movements for the year on the airport’s single runway.
Juan Santamaria International Airport – which serves San Jose, Costa Rica – is the hub for Nature Air and Sansa Airlines, and the focus city for Avianca and Copa Airlines. For a comprehensive list of the destinations of Juan Santamaria International Airport, using either passenger, charter, or cargo airlines, view this link.
News and Awards
Based on a recent study by airport consultant Skytrax, Juan Santamaria International Airport was ranked second in the “best airports in Central America and the Caribbean” in the aspects of quality and overall passenger experience. While, in 2011, the airport was the “3rd Best Airport in Latin America – Caribbean” by Airports Council International’s Airport Service Quality Awards.
- Airport Code: SJO
- Phone number: (506) 2437 2400
- Website URL: http://www.fly2sanjose.com
- Fax: 2424
- Address: El Coco – Alajuela Province, 200-4003, Costa Rica
I would definitely recommend that you use Juan Santamaria International Airport the next time you are travelling within the Americas or to international destinations; their service is uncontested, but prepare to pay the price for unsurpassed excellence.
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