Dozens of people came to San Jose airport to welcome the arrival of the first Southwest to Costa Rica.

QCOSTARICA – Southwest Airlines on Saturday inaugurated its daily nonstop service between San Jose (SJO) Costa Rica and Baltimore / Washington.

According to Southwest, this is the first-ever international flying offered from Houston’s Hobby Airport.

Flight 602 from Baltimore / Washington to San Jose, Costa Rica, brought 143 people to Costa Rica and Central America for the first time in the 44-year history of the U.S. domestic carrier, according to the airline.

Dozens of people came to Juan Santamaria International Airport at the invitation of the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) to welcome the arrival of Southwest in the country.

“Our first scheduled flight to Central America realizes years of dedicated work by our employees to connect people in Costa Rica with what’s important in their lives,” said Cpt. Chuck Magill, Southwest’s vice president of operational coordination, in a written release.

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