Costa Rica is Still Recovering Air Connectivity

Avianca, Jetblue, Air Canada, Delta Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Volares, KLM, British Airways, Sun Country and West Jet, are the airlines that in November and December resume their flights to and from the country.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, Costa Rican authorities decided to close their borders, but after a strict quarantine, air transport in the country began to be reactivated.

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With the relaxation of restrictions, airlines have gradually begun to offer their transport services to and from Costa Rica.

The Costa Rican Tourism Institute reported that on November 1st Avianca, Jetblue and Air Canada resumed operations, while Delta Airlines will return to the country this Monday, November 2nd.

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"For its part, Alaska Airlines will return on November 20 and Volaris, the national flag carrier, will restart flights on November 23 with connections to Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Los Angeles, Washington, New York, Mexico City and Cancun," the official statement details.

From Europe, KLM will return on November 26th and five days later British Airways. Sun Country and West Jet will also return on December 5.

Rafael Mencia, executive director of AERIS, the organization that manages the Juan Santamaria International Airport, explained that "... as of November, we are confident that the recovery of the sector will occur in a more accelerated manner so that with this, progress and employment will reach different corners of the country."

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