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April 11, Costa Rica Celebrates Juan Santamaria Day

Today is April 11, Juan Santamaría day, the day that commemorates the drummer in the Costa Rican army, officially recognized as the national hero. The day is a 'legal' holiday in Costa Rica. Juan Santamaría Day is held every April 11. The actions of Juan Santamaría, a...

Passenger On Flight 1079 Tells His Story

On February 1, 2019, United Airlines flight 1079 suffered an engine failure moments after take-off from the Juan Santamaria international airport (SJO). The Boeing 737-800 with 138 people, including crew, was back on the tarmac within minutes of the incident and passengers were immediately attended...

Arrivals Faced A 4 Hour Wait At The San Jose Airport on Saturday

A failure in the 'sistema' - system - had thousands of people arriving or leaving Costa Rica waiting. And waiting. And even more waiting. For the passengers of more than a dozen flight arrivals at noon at the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport on...

Juan Santamaría (San Jose) Airport expects 2.5 million tourists

Aeris, the operator of the Juan Santamaria international airport (SJO) or San Jose airport - expects about 2.5 million passengers coming and going through the terminal between December 2018 and April 2019. The end of this year and beginning of the new year is one...

Orotina Airport On Hold

A year and a half ago, former President Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree in which he declared 370 properties - a total of 1,950 hectares - of public interest in the communities of Mastate, Coyolar and La Ceiba in Orotina, Alajuela. The Government's plan...

Increase In Passenger Arrivals Saturates San Jose Airport

The hundreds of tourists arriving at Costa Rica's main international airport, the Juan Santamaria (SJO), in San Jose eager to discover the beauties of the country, must first endure the huge lines when getting off the plane. Within minutes of landing, the line to the...

Work Begins To Speed Up Traffic At The Juan Santamaría Airport Crossing

On Monday, the first works began for a series of road changes in the area of the Juan Santamaria international airport in Alajuela, focused on streamlining traffic. The initial works consisted of the removal of earth on lands adjacent to the General Cañas, for the...

San Jose And Liberia Airports Without Immigration Control For More Than 30 Minutes Wednesday

A failure in the system used by the immigration service (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería) to control passengers leaving the country generated delays in flights and long lines at both the Juan Santamaria, in San Jose (SJO) and Daniel Oduber, in Liberia (LIR),...

Clashes Between Uber and Taxis Continue, The Latest At The San Jose Airport

Q COSTA RICA - The clashes between formal taxi and Uber drivers continues in Costa Rica, with the latest on Tuesday night, this time at the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport in Alajuela. According to reports on the social networks, Uber drivers continue to complain...

Air France Will Fly For The First Time to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - With two weekly direct flights starting on November 2 to the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport, Air France will start operating in Costa Rica. From Paris, flights will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays, leaving the Charles de Gaulle (CDG) at 1:45pm (Paris time)...

April 11 Is Juan Santamaria Day, A National Holiday

QCOSTARICA by  Mitzi Stark - April 11 is Juan Santamaria Day, a national holiday celebrated in Alajuela with high school bands and drill teams from around the country on parade and speeches by dignitaries to remind us that 160 years ago the Costa Rican...

Civil Aviation Proposes Changes in Flight Schedules To Decongest Airports

(QCOSTARICA) With the goal of decongesting the use of airport facilities and avoid the long lines at immigration and customs, the new head of Civil Aviation (Aviación Civil), Enio Cubillo, considers it necessary to negotiate with the airlines to schedule their flights throughout the...

San Jose Airport Has A Contingency Plan In Event of Volcano Eruption

QCOSTARICA - Faced with increased activity and recent eruptions of the Turrialba Volcano, authorities of the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) international airport - the main airport in the country - have developed a plan to address falling material spewed from the colossus and ensure...

Civil Aviation Confirms Juan Santamaría (San Jose) Airport Will Re-Open at 4AM Friday

QCOSTARICA (12:32AM) - Civil Aviation (Dirección General de Aviación Civil) confirmed it will be re-opening the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport at 4:00AM Friday morning, after a 10 hour lockdown. Silvia Chaves, spokesperson for Aeris Holding Costa Rica that manages the airport, said crews will...

Tourism Minister Says NO to New Airport in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Tourism Minister, Wilhelm von Breymann ruled the project of a new airport in the country, saying that the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport has sufficient capacity, saying the improvement and expansion of the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia has more urgent need. The...

Way Clear For Expansion of the Santamaría (San Jose) Airport

QCOSTARICA - The possibility of the Juan Santamaria (San José - SJO) airport having 18 boarding gates and able to handle more than seven million passengers a year, is close to becoming reality. Finally, the ground moving work has begun so the airport expansion to...

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