Q COSTA RICA TRAVEL – KLM is coming back to Costa Rica. On Monday, the Dutch flag carrier KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced that, starting October 31, 2017 a planned twice weekly Amsterdam – San Jose flight.

The airline previously served San Jose until March 1998.

The airline has opened reservations for flights flown on Tuesdays and Fridays and operated by one of its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

It previously served San Jose until March 1998 offering a three times weekly triangle flight combined with Panama City flown by a McDonnell Douglas MD-11 in its last season of operation (winter 1997/1998).

“KLM currently brings many passengers to Costa Rica via Panama. The increasing interest of the European market in this beautiful country convinced us to start a direct flight to San José,” said Pieter Elbers, president and chief executive officer, KLM.

Toursm data from 2015 shows that arrivals into Costa Rica from Europe grew 6.1% versus the previous year to almost 400,000 annual visitors with the Netherlands being the sixth largest European source market after Germany, Spain, France, UK and Italy.

“This new flight, not only will facilitate visits to our country, but also thanks to KLM´s global network, this route will serve as a liaison for Costa Rica to open its doors to tourists from all Europe. This will for sure strengthen tourism in our country, generating benefits to the more than 600,000 persons who work in this activity in direct and indirect manner, and to the communities that find in tourism their opportunity to grow,” confirmed Luis Guillermo Solís, president of Costa Rica.

KLM joins growing the list of one-stop options from San Jose to Europe, that include British Airways (London), Iberia (Madrid), Air France (Paris) and Condor (Frankfurt).

The flight will leave from Amsterdam – Schiphol at 3:25pm and arrive in San Jose at 8:05pm.

The return flight will leave San Jose at 10:05pm and arrive in Amsterdam-Schiphol at 3:10pm the following day.

A check on the KLM website,  the cost of the flight (KL0760) on October 31 and returning November 7, is US$960. Total travel time is 10 hours and 5 minutes.

Reversations and prices can be found at www.klm.com

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