United Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Juan Santamaria airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. Photo: Latinflyer.com
United Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Juan Santamaria airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. Photo: Latinflyer.com

COSTA RICA TRAVEL – As of last Friday (December 12) United Airlines added a fifth direct frequency between San José (SJO) and the George Bush International Airport (IAH) in Houston.

This will make the fifth permanent weekly flight the airline on this route. The flight will operate 4 days of the week, bound for Houston at 1:45 am

According to United: “The additional flight allows us to support country initiatives in terms of dynamism. Additional to meet the strong demand from travelers looking to get to Houston earlier to make connections towards other US, European and Asian markets, ” says Salvador Marrero, Executive Director for Central United. “With this increase, United reinforces its position as the airline that offers the largest number of seats from Costa Rica to the United States.”

Last week, Southwest Airlines requested approval to fly to Costa Rica, as part of the airline’s expansion with routes to Mexico and Belize.

The Costa Rica flights, expected to begin in October 2015 if the airline obtains regulatory approval, will be between San José and the William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston.

Southwest Airlines plans to use 143-seat Boeing 737-700 jets like this one to fly to Costa Rica.
Southwest Airlines plans to use 143-seat Boeing 737-700 jets like this one to fly to Costa Rica.

Southwest already plans to offer service between Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport. The flights would begin March 7, 2015, the only scheduled nonstop flights to Costa Rica from BWI.

The airline says that the Baltimore nonstop service to Costa Rica will offer convenient one-stop connecting opportunities for passengers in small and medium sized cities  such as Albany, Buffalo, Hartford,  Islip, Manchester, Providence and Rochester.

“We’re ready to add the adventure and beauty of Costa Rica to a growing horizon of international possibility available to the more than 100 million Customers who fly with us each year,” Southwest chairman and CEO Gary Kelly said in Southwest’s announcement.