Costa Rican Air Connectivity Up 18%

The country has strengthened a key factor in the tourism industry, which had suffered a blow when Avianca / Taca stopped operating its regional hub at the Juan Santamaria Airport.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The available seats going to the airport terminal in the main tourist area of Costa Rica, Daniel Oduber International Airport, increased by 57%. 

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute: 

Thanks to attraction of airlines Costa Rica recorded almost half a million new available seats 
From 2014 to date, 8 airlines announced the start of operations in the country, 11 new routes were created and 8 airlines decided to increase their frequencies to Costa Rica.

From January to September, Costa Rica registered 445,829 new available seats, a growth of 18.3%. Juan Santamaria International Airport accounted for almost 80% of the seats, of which 236,884 were new, representing growth of 11.5%. Meanwhile, the number of seats available at the Daniel Oduber International Airport increased by 57%, which means 208,945 additional seats, as shown in the following table:

Available Seats
Seats January to September 2015
Seats January to September 2016
Total Seats
Juan Santamaría
Daniel Oduber
Source: OAG analytics

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New Flight Between U.S. and Costa Rica

May 2019

American Airlines will add a daily flight connecting the U.S. city of Dallas with San Jose and Liberia in Costa Rica beginning on December 18.

The new flight has as particularity its night schedule, as they will leave Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) late at night and return to that city leaving San Jose and Liberia in early morning flights, known as red-eye, in an aircraft B737-800, with 16 seats in First Class, 30 seats in Main Cabin Extra with additional space, and 126 seats in Economy Class, informed an official source in Costa Rica.

More Seasonal Flights Between Costa Rica and the US

June 2018

During the months of January and February 2019 United Airlines will fly daily from Chicago to San Jose, and Alaska Airlines will fly from Los Angeles, during the entire peak season.

A statement from the ICT details that "... There will be approximately 15,000 additional seats in the first quarter of 2019 for the United States."

Traffic Grows at Liberia Airport

April 2015

Despite not operating at night, the international airport in northern Costa Rica received 755,000 passengers during 2014, with the proportion of business travelers increasing.

The increase in air traffic at Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia is mainly due to the expansion in infrastructure made in 2012, which increased the capacity for new airlines and because of this also attracted more passengers.

Costa Rica: Air traffic Down 4.8%

May 2014

The elimination of LACSA routes, which in 2013 changed hands to Avianca, partly explains the reduction in landings and takeoffs at the two main airports compared to 2012.

In 2013 76.287 landings and takeoffs were recorded in the two major international airports in the country, while in 2012 this figure was 80.007, according to the National Directorate of Civil Aviation.

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