Thursday, October 01, 2009

Let there be light at Juan Santamaria International Airport

(Photo courtesy of the MOPT)By Adam Williams
Tico Times Staff

Flights coming into Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela will no longer be left in the dark. Public works and aviation officials unveiled Tuesday evening the airport's long-awaited approach lights, a project that required an investment of more $2.6 million and seven months of work.

The new lighting towers span 900 meters and are located west of the freeway that flanks the airport. There are 34 towers in all, each 30 meters apart.

The lights, produced by the Siemens corporation, have five different levels of intensity and are adjusted according to weather conditions.

According to the Public Works and Transport Ministry, the towers were also constructed to withstand harsh weather conditions and powerful gusts of wind.

The airport had been without approach lights since 2004.

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