Costa Rica: Domestic Flights Business Growing

In 2016 the number of passengers who flew from one destination to another within the country exceeded 265 thousand, registering an increase of 27% compared to 2015.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Favored by the poor state of the road infrastructure, the domestic air market continues to record significant growth rates.  Figures from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation indicate that in 2016 alone 265,500 passengers traveled on domestic flights. reports that "...In the case of domestic customers, Nature Air (which provided its own data) reported a 68% growth in the same period, reaching 38,000 local tourists. Sansa, its competitor, did not disclose these figures."

"...With the information from 2016, the highest number of local passengers registered in recent years has been surpassed; in 2009 the figure was 213,000, but from that year the amount fell, until rebounding in 2014."

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