The Central American country is negotiating agreements with Qatar, Turkey and China and has plans for another with Holland.
The adoption of these agreements would favor TACA (through Lacsa, registered as a national flag carrier), whose aircraft would be able to fly to these countries without restrictions regarding passengers or frequencies. For now, there are no flights to these countries.
Within the region Costa Ricans will continue to pay some of the highest rates for airfares in the world, while the government of Costa Rica slows down the open skies agreement with Panama.
The Costa Rican government’s intention is clear, according to declarations by the Deputy Minister of Air Transport, Luis Carlos Araya, outlined in an article Nacion.com: "TACA is asking us for more studies to be conducted with Panama to discuss a possible agreement and therefore we have not signed with them. Obviously, we are investigating to make sure TACA’s hub will not be affected because it is a major source of employment ... we have given them (TACA) the opportunity to bear with us on the waiting time that they are reacting to. We have been talking to them for two months and there are expectations for an improvement (in their operations). "
The current agreement allows for national airlines (TACA through Lacsa) to fly to any destination in Colombia without any restrictions.
This agreement also will allow "the airline to collect passengers in a country like Panama and bring them to the South American nation, and equally, pick up passengers there and take them to any destination in South America and the Caribbean", said Luis Carlos Araya, Costa Rican Vice Minister of Air Transport, to Nacion.com .
The ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) in San Jose reported that they agreed to increase the number of flights from 16 to 28 flights per week.
Costa Rican Airline, LACSA, which is a member of the TACA group, will go from 6 to 14 weekly flights, while the Mexican airline, Mexicana, will increase from 10 to 14 flights per week, the MOPT said in a press release.
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