Coopesa is building an additional hangar to paint narrowbody aircraft. “It will give us capacity for the seventh line and should be ready at the end of April,” he says Rodolfo Solis, the MRO’s sales director.
Costa Rica-based Coopesa employs 625 people and plans to increase its staff by about 10% in the next five years. It also plans to move to new facilities at its current base, Juan Santamaria International Airport, within the next two years.
Solis expects at least a 4% annual growth in the Latin American aviation market. That may be on the conservative side, at least in Costa Rica. Like most Latin countries, Cost Rica and others in Central America usually have enjoyed growth in line with increases in the economy. But Mexico’s Volaris has proven that thee ultra-low-cost model can stimulate double-digit growth even in more modestly growing economies. And Volaris recently launched a subsidiary in Costa Rica, Vuela, that it plans to expand to a dozen or more aircraft. Coopesa already performs line maintenance for Vuela’s small, initial fleet.
But Solis notes there are risks to aviation growth in Latin markets, such as Brazil and Argentina.
Certified by FAA, EASA and aviation authorities in Aruba, Bermuda, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela and other nations, Coopesa has worked on Embraer 190s, A320s, 757s, 737s and MD-80s.