Costa Rica still has One of the Best Airports in Central America and the Caribbean

The Juan Santamaría International Airport was Awarded by SkyTrax in 2013

Why is it important for a large city to count on a modern international airport?

A modern international airport is, up to a certain extent, the best introduction card for any large city in the world. In this sense, millions of passengers usually pass through airports gates and halls every year. And the San José airport in Costa Rica is not the exception.

What is Costa Rica’s most important international airport?

The Juan Santamaría International Airport is Costa Rica’s largest airport and Central America’s 2nd largest airport. It is also a major hub for one of Central and South America’s largest carriers. Most airlines from the United States, Mexico, Salvador, Panama, Spain, and Germany include this airport as an important terminal of either origin or destination.  What is the Juan Santamaría International Airport identification code?

Depending on the city, and according to the parameters established by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), every major international airport must have an identification (ID) code. In this regard, the San José airport is identified as SJO. This ID code often eases the airlines to include that specific airport in their flight lists.

What is the local time code of the SJO?

This code is expressed by a 4-digit combination, corresponding to a referential 24-hour format based on the London local time -also known as the Greenwich Mean Time or GMT. With respect to this, all airlines set the SJO’s GMT local time as 0600.

How was the SJO ranked a few years ago?

In 2013, SkyTrax -which is a well-renowned Airline and Airport Quality Rating Program reviewing over 681 airlines and 725 airports around the world- awarded Juan Santamaría International Airport as the 2nd Best Airport in Central America and the Caribbean. In that opportunity, this airport also picked up the 3rd Best Staff Award for the region. These awards were truly inspiring and motivating for all of the staff working at our local airport.

How does the SkyTrax survey work?

Well, travelers from over 160 countries usually take part in the world’s largest, annual airport passenger satisfaction survey, to decide award winners. The World Airport Awards are the global benchmark of airport excellence and quality ranking.

Who manages the SJO in San José?

Since 2009, ADC & HAS Airports Worldwide acquired a 47.5% share of AERIS Holdings Costa Rica, the managing operator of the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, the capital city of Costa Rica. By taking advantage of the main operations and management support from ADC & HAS, the Juan SJO underwent significant improvements including building new security checkpoints, opening a new immigration area, improving baggage claim, expanding the check-in lobby, and adding and upgrading the commercial shops in the main terminal.

At last but not least, we want to share a useful list of standard phrases and words which may help you understand the language commonly used by the airport radio controllers:

Phrase/Word             Meaning

 Acknowledge = Let me know that you have received and understood this


Affirm = Yes

Approved = I give you permission for what you asked.

Cancel = Cancel the last clearance I gave to you.

Check = Examine a system or procedure.

Cleared = I give permission for you to continue, bearing in mind

the conditions already were given.

Confirm = Have I correctly received the following …? or Did you

correctly receive this message?

Contact = Contact by radio …

Correct =That is correct.

Correction = An error was made in the last transmission. What

follows is correct.

Disregard = Assume that the last transmission was not sent.

How do you read? = Tell me how good this transmission is on a 1 to 5 scale

where 1 = unreadable (cannot understand) to

5 = excellent reception (no difficulty in understanding).

I say again = I am repeating in order to make my meaning very clear.

Over = My transmission is finished and I want a response from


Out = This exchange of transmissions is finished. I do not want

a response from you.

Pass your message = Proceed with your message.

Read back = Repeat all, or the specified part of this message back to

I exactly as received.

Request = I want to know or I want to have.

Roger = I have received all of your last transmission.

Say again = Repeat all or the following part of your last


Speak slower = Speak more slowly.

Standby = Wait and I will call you.

Verify = Check and confirm with me.

Wilco = I understand your message and will comply with it.

Words twice = (as a request) Communication is difficult. Please send

every word or group of words twice.

(as information) Because communication is difficult,

every word or group of words in this message will be

sent twice.

SOURCEAbelardo Canelo
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