MRO Coopesa expects to resume constructing new hangars soon, after recently receiving Costa Rica government permits to run water to the facility.
Coopesa broke ground on the first of two hangars at San Jose International Airport on March 17, 2015, and planned to open the first late this year—but it was delayed for eight months because of the permits that were still pending, according to Warner Calvo, Coopesa’s quality and safety director.
He expects Phase One of the new hangar complex to be operational in early 2019, so the process of moving from the aging buildings should start in late 2018. The first hangar will house six narrowbodies.
The Costa Rican government needed the 53-year-old Coopesa’s land to expand the airport’s terminal—but because the MRO is a cooperative, the government had to provide space at the airport equal to what the MRO occupies currently. The downside is that expansion of the MRO will be limited.
Coopesa completed its first C check in February, on a Latam Airbus A319. This was the first of a series of services it will provide for Latam this year.
Calvo says Coopesa’s booked MRO work for 2016 is down from last year, which was a busy year in part due to a substantial amount of lease-return work.