Airport authorities at Juan Santamaría are seeking to stop what is described as illegal taxi drivers “hunting” tourists. The situation has gotten aggressive even among legal taxi drivers who fear losing business to illegal ones.
We do not want that to be the first thing tourists see in the country, so authorities will warn travelers against using unauthorized services and will tighten surveillance. Transit police will help control the area. There will be signage to help tourists find legal transport.
The protocol is that airport security will ask any illegal taxi driver to leave and if they don’t the police will be notified.
The new measures will not impact access of private vehicles entering to pickup or dropoff passengers but parking rules will be strictly enforced.
As the airport is expanded, there will be an independent exit for those who will seek public transportation as well as a more comfortable waiting area for relatives waiting for passengers.