The San Jose Airport (SJO) will have an exclusive private flights terminal

The San José Airport (Juan Santamaría International airport – SJO) will soon have an exclusive terminal for private flights, stated airport manager Aeris Holdings, choosing a Universal Aviation Costa Rica to manage it.

Last year, the San José airport drew more than 800 private flights, a figure that is expected to reach 1,000 for this year.

The facility will operate under the name GAT SJO General Aviation Terminal and will be of exclusive use for international private operations, being the first of its kind in the country.

“This project will drastically reduce the time of operators on the ground, while the experience will be differentiated from the current entry and exit process, in which commercial passenger lines are mixed,” said Adolfo Aragón, vice president of Latin America & Caribbean, Universal.

The terminal is placed next to the Domestic Terminal (west of the main terminal) in a separate area that will be renovated by September 2019.

Aeropuerto Juan SantaMaría

At the moment, private flights in the San Jose Airport, take between 25 and 30 minutes in procedures. However, hat time will be reduced by about 10 minutes when the new facilities go into operation

The AIJS (Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría) has been recognized for the increase in passengers year after year and the improvement of its facilities; adding the first exclusive terminal for private aviation operators,” said Rafael Mencía, Executive Director of Aeris Costa Rica.

It is the culmination of a comprehensive project, which we started several years ago at Aeris. With it, we significantly improved the accessibility and attractiveness of the country, which translates into more opportunities for investment and development,” Mencía added.

A total airport renovation project, which includes the GAT SJO, is underway.

Universal Aviation, the ground assistance division of Universal Weather and Aviation Inc. has operations in more than 50 locations in 20 countries.


San José Airport Will Have The First Private Flight Terminal In Costa Rica. (2019). Q Costa Rica. Retrieved 15 April 2019, from

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