Wednesday, 19 July 2023

Sustainability Report 2022

Investments in works at the Juan Santamaría Airport already exceed $218 million.

  • In 2022 alone, investments exceeded $7.6 million, including the inauguration of the new commercial building.
  • 182.8 million were invested by the manager and the State in infrastructure from 2010 to 2021.

July, 2023. In the framework of the presentation of its fourth Sustainability Report, AERIS, the interested manager of the Juan Santamaría International Airport (AIJS), reported that in its 13 years as administrator of Costa Rica’s main air terminal, it has invested $218 million in infrastructure development.

“Every year, AERIS carries out the modernization, improvement, replacement and expansion of AIJS infrastructure, facilities and installations, not only meeting, but exceeding what is established in the Master Plan, which is the airport’s main planning instrument. Between 2010 and 2022 this figure is reported, but in addition to infrastructure, AERIS is the guarantor of compliance with the Interested Management Contract and the objectives established therein,” mentioned Ricardo Hernandez, executive director of AERIS.

Among the investments made during 2022, the trace detection equipment for passenger and employee screening ($601 thousand), infrastructure development for a new VIP on the third level of Block A and V ($1.3 million) and the new commercial building ($5.8 million), for a total of $7.7 million, stand out.

The new commercial building has 1,350m2, and is located in the International Departures area, immediately after the Migration sector and security filters. It is divided into two levels: the lower area has an operational support sector and another for the commercial building collaborators, with facilities such as kitchen, staff lockers, meeting rooms, restrooms and cleaning services, offices and a lactation room. The upper area houses the dining area, which can comfortably seat up to 240 people.

Below are some of the investments highlighted in the AIJS from 2010 to 2022:


Year of operation

New Rescue and Fire Fighting Station (SEI) South of AIJS


South Parallel Rolling Road (east circuit)


New track lighting system


Expansion of boarding lounges to the west (Block V), with two telescopic bridges and two aircraft parking positions, one to serve wide-body aircraft. It also includes a third level for the development of a VIP lounge.


New Domestic Terminal


Operations Communication Center (AOCC), operations offices at the Terminal and technological equipment


Construction of the Domestic Ramp with 12 parking positions for aircraft.


Remote Ramp Expansion (6 Key C positions) and new canine unit


Construction of boarding lounges to the east (Block G), with two telescopic bridges and two parking positions for wide-body aircraft. Expansion and remodeling of the halls in Block F is also being carried out.


Sterile corridors, as recommended by ICAO, for separation of incoming and outgoing passenger flows


Completion of the East Terminal building


Boarding lounges blocks C, D and E, three boarding bridges and their respective parking positions for key C aircraft.


“Comprehensive sustainability in the operation of the airport is the path we have set for ourselves to operate the Juan Santamaría International Airport, while maintaining our commitment to provide a pure travel experience for people transiting through the main gateway to the country,” added Hernández.

Economic axis. In other aspects shared within the economic axis, it stands out that the total contributions to the State in 2022 were for $51.3 million, which adds up to a total of $501.1 million that have been provided to the State during the management of AERIS.

Other figures:

  • Total AIJS revenues of: ¢68,243 billion ($113.4 million).
  • Total AERIS revenues of: ¢38,331 billion ($63.7 million).
  • 90% of passenger traffic reported pre-pandemic.
  • A total of 36 destinations around the world, through the operation of 25 airlines.
  • 88% of suppliers (581) are local.

Environmental focus. The rainwater reuse project was initiated in the Domestic Terminal, through which 1077 m3 of rainwater was reused. In this project, rainwater is collected in a tank and then pumped into the pipeline for use and reuse in the Terminal’s sanitary services.

Other figures:

  • Cumulative project savings of 263,375.3 kWh, representing a 1.7% reduction in consumption as part of the ISO 50001 Energy Management System.
  • 76 kg of waste recycled.
  • 65 species monitored, including domestic and wild species, with a total of 14,539 individuals observed.

Social focus. Last year, 5,916 textbooks were donated to four schools with 1,768 students benefited, as part of the alliance with Libros para Todos and through the placement of piggy banks at the Terminal.

Some additional donations, campaigns and sponsorships made in 2022 were: donation of advertising space for the Zooave, donation for Christmas party to the Restored Childhood Foundation and sponsorship of congresses and events of CRECEX, CANATUR, among others.

Other figures:

  • 206 collaborators and 32 new hires.
  • Zero lost-time accidents.
  • 3 environmental recovery volunteer programs.
  • 13,281 hours of training given to employees.
  • 10 people received scholarships to study.

All these sustainability actions, as well as the relationship with stakeholders, are guided by policies that respond to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“With the support of Grupo CCR, our majority shareholder, we have charted a path with actions that add value in environmental, social and economic aspects, and constantly, from the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) department, we review and monitor the operation in a sustained manner, in order to find the balance between economic development while reducing impacts,” explained Adriana Bejarano, head of Environment, Health and Safety at AERIS.

AERIS HOLDING COSTA RICA is a company of the CCR Group, which operates under the management model interested in the Juan Santamaría International Airport (AIJS), being in charge of its operation, maintenance, rehabilitation, construction, financing and promotion.

The company seeks to exceed the expectations of its stakeholder management contract in a transversal manner to sustainability, generating social, environmental and economic value. AERIS is committed to providing a “Pura Vida” travel experience for passengers transiting through the main gateway to the country and to generate positive impact to Costa Rica and its stakeholders.

AERIS draws on the experience of its parent companies: HAS Development Corporation and Grupo CCR of Brazil, the latter as the main shareholder and with stakes in the international airports of Quito Ecuador, Curacao and Belo Horizonte in Brazil.

It currently connects Costa Rica with 36 destinations around the world, through 25 international commercial airlines and two domestic airlines that operate in its facilities.