COSTA RICA NEWS — Starting November 2015,  Britain’s Thomson Airways, the world’s largest charter airline, will begin operating weekly flights between London’s Gatwick (LGW) and the Daniel Oduber (LIR), in Liberia.

The airline will be using a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner with a capacity of 291 passengers, that will be second biggest to provide scheduled service to Costa Rica. Currently Iberia provides regular service between San José (SJO) and Madrid, Spain (MAD) using the Airbus Industrie A340-500 with a capacity of 375 passengers.

According to the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) – Costa Rica’s tourism board, British tourists arriving in the country stay on average 14.5 nights and spend US$100 a day.

Britain is Costa Rica’s fourth source of tourists from Europe. Last year 35.198 arrivals were recorded from Britain, a 10.2% increase when compare to 2012, according to the Minister of Tourism, Wilhelm von Breymann.

The announcement coincided with the start of the Central America Travel Market (CAMT) that kicked off in San José Friday.

It is also the third airline in the past couple of weeks to announced new service to Costa Rica. On September 26, Cubana de Aviación (Cuba’s national airline) announced resumption of flights between Havana and San José, starting on October 16.

On September 23, JetBlue announced starting November 1 to begin weekly service between Boston’s Logan International and Liberia.

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