HASDC Development Corporation
We are about airports, their importance
and the good they can do
HASDC is an airport development, management and advisory company.
Since its incorporation in 2001, it has been actively involved in multiple airport privatizations, concessions and the like (in the aggregate, public-private partnerships: PPP’s), primarily in Central and South America.
Its active involvement in the various and complex areas of these PPP’s have enabled the unlocking of great value to the benefit of the markets where these airports exist.

HASDC’s mission is “to assist governments of developing countries connect their economies to global markets by helping to create best-in-class airports, in order to enhance the lives of their citizens.

We recognize the importance of airports not only as critical economic catalysts and job-creation engines, but also as important contributors to a city’s / region’s / country’s brand.
We are good partners, both because of our willingness – and flexibility – to establish the right relationships for specific opportunities, and also because of the professional acumen we bring, always with the mindset and experience of an operator.
HASDC continues to be (arguably) the only US entity affiliated with a major US airport system that competes and wins in the global airport PPP space.
Aeropuerto de Quito

Governance & Structure

HASDC is a private, Texas-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, affiliated with HAS.
Houston’s Director of Aviation is the Chairman of the Board in perpetuity. Of the two additional independent directors, one is assigned by the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP). The second independent director, who may not be a City of Houston employee, is selected by the Chairman and the GHP-appointed director.
HASDC is a nonprofit organization created to promote air commerce and economic development for the benefit of the Houston Airport System, which is a department of the City of Houston, Texas. HASDC is an entirely separate entity from the Houston Airport System with no operational or financial responsibility for the Houston Airports. Similarly the Houston Airport System has no financial, legal or operational responsibility for the activities of HASDC


HASDC’s non-profit and operator DNA allows us to correctly define and order priorities:

1 - Identify how HASDC can help

2 - Always do the right thing, and do it well ​

a. With the operator’s long-term view and commitment
b. In a professional and pragmatic manner

  • Flexibility with how HASDC engages
  • No issue with being a minority shareholder, and no need to control, but rather focused on what is best for the airports and their communities

3 - The economic benefits will then come. ​

These priorities, in this order, align themselves with HASDC’s sustainability triple-bottom-line, which is about being responsible stewards of an airports financial, people and environmental resources.
  • It is a multi-prong balancing act: the magic happens at the intersection between people, planet, and prosperity.
We take to heart the belief that airports play a critical role in creating enduring and successful communities.
  • It is about operating airports in an efficient and responsible manner to ensure success today and well into the future.
HASDC is very proud of the performance of the different projects and airports where it has had the privilege of working, and of the valuable relationships established over the years, including ones with our partners, financial entities (e.g, IDB, DFC/OPIC), consultancies, regulatory entities, international associations and governments.


HASDC’s can support basically all airport-related activities, including operations, capital development, planning, commercialization, privatization and training.

Airport Management Assistance

  • Management Audits
  • Organizational reviews
  • Efficiency assessments
  • Resource planning (in-house vs. outsource)
  • Peer reviews

Passenger and Cargo Growth

  • Air service development marketing
  • Passenger and cargo feasibility studies and route analysis
  • Cargo development strategies and marketing programs
Passenger and Cargo Growth

Planning and Feasibility Studies

  • Capital project management and coordination
  • Airport facility design and value engineering
  • Alternative project delivery methods
  • Terminal design planning and development
  • Consolidated car rental facilities
  • Solicitation of professional design, construction and contracting services
  • Transition and activation plans

Airport Development and Construction Management

  • Airport master plans and layout plans
  • Airport system and regional planning
  • Compatible land-use planning and regulations
  • Environmental planning and reviews
  • Noise and environmental mitigation programs

Financial Management and Business Planning

  • Business and strategic planning
  • Financial analysis and budgeting
  • Financing plans and funding sources
  • Rates and charges
  • Maximizing concession and other non-aeronautical revenues
  • Airline and tenant negotiations
  • Information technology systems

Airport Operations and Maintenance

  • Airport certification programs
  • Airfield, terminal and landside operations and training
  • Ground transportation and parking
  • Physical plant and airfield maintenance program

Safety and Security Preparedness and Training

  • Safety Management System (SMS) plans
  • Public safety and security programs
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) response
  • Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)
  • Strategic and crisis communications

Selective & Prudent


The corporation has or has had different levels of involvement in various successful airport projects, including:
Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, Costa Rica (SJO)
Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, Costa Rica (SJO)
Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador (UIO)
Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador (UIO)
Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)
Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)
Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport in Barranquilla, Colombia (BAQ).
Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport in Barranquilla, Colombia (BAQ).

Recognitions and Accomplishments

Here’s a sampling of these. Visit the aiports’ websites for more information
Quito International Airport is certified as a 5-Star Regional Airport
Quito International Airport is certified as a 5-Star Regional Airport
4 star skytrax
Cuatro estrellas a la Calidad del Servicio. Skytrax World Airport Ratings.
World Airport winner 2017
Mejor Aeropuerto Regional de Sudamérica. Skytrax World Airport Awards.
Mejor Personal Aeroportuario de Sudamérica. Skytrax World Airport Ratings
World travel awards 2018
Aeropuerto Líder de Sudamérica. World Travel Awards.
Punto Verde
Punto Verde Sustainable Program: Nuestra Huerta
Ministry of the Enviroment
Premio Diamante (primer lugar) en la categoría de hasta 399 999 toneladas anuales. Air Cargo Excellence Awards (ACE Awards)
Aeropuerto Mundial de Carga Especializada. Air Cargo Excellence Awards (ACE Awards)
Aeropuerto de carga líder de Latinoamérica. Air Cargo Excellence Awards (ACE Awards)
Top 10 de Mejores Empresas para Trabajar
Apex Environment-Airport Excellence First experience of this Apex Program Worldwide Airports Council International
Certificado de Acreditación – Neutralidad en el Programa Airport Carbon Acreditation. Airport Council International (ACI)
Enviromental Distinction Category: Enviromental Footprint Quito Municipality
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (AIDOQ) received the accreditation as Carbon Neutral issued by Environment and Energy Minister (MINAE). The Terminal Building has become the first airport terminal in the region to be certified with this recognition.

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