The airport was supposed to open in October, but there are still issues between the government and the company that built and will operate the airport that need to be resolved. The newspaper had an article that companies that expected to operate in the airport, such as Cafe Britt which will have three gift shops, had hired workers and purchased inventory, but they cannot start their operations. The Ad Astra Rocket Company, started by Costa Rican Astronaut Franklin Chang, opened near the airport so that high tech products could be shipped in and out from the new terminal.
The high season for tourism has just begun, so hopefully the airport will open soon.
This week we are showing photos of San Pedro de Atacama, the main town in the Atacama desert of northern Chile on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.