UnitedFlight_1412732484860_8828108_ver1.0_640_480(qCOSTARICA TRAVEL) United Airlines announced the launch of two seasonal flights between Costa Rica and Colorado, joining the increasingly competitive market between Denver and San Jose and Liberia.

United said it will, between December 18,2015 and April 30, 2016, fly nonstop weekends from the Denver International Airport (DEN) to Costa Rica.  One of the flights on Saturdays will be to the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia (LIR), Guanacaste, while the other to the Juan Santamaria (SJO) airport in San Jose.

From Denver at 10:59 p.m on Fridays  and will arrive at Juan Santamaría Airport on Saturdays at 5:24 a.m. From San José, the flight will depart Saturdays at 7:19 a.m.,  arriving in Denver at noon.

The nonstop flight to Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia will leave from Denver Saturdays at 9:55 a.m. and arrive in Liberia at 4:15 p.m. Departures from Liberia will be at 12:30 p.m., and will arrive in Denver at 5:05 p.m. The airline also has flights with stops on Saturdays and Sundays, according to its website.

The Liberia flight will give travelers quick access to the Guanacaste beaches.

This is the first time United will fly to Costa Rica from Denver.

Frontier Airlines now operates weekly nonstop flights between Denver and Liberia. Southwest Airlines, meanwhile, says it will launch service to both cities starting November 1, though neither of the flights will be non-stop, according to its website.

The U.S. is Costa Rica’s main source of travelers. In 2014, the country registered a total of 936,929 arrivals from that country, a 7.6 percent increase from 2013.

Stay up to date with the latest stories by signing up to our newsletter, or following us on Facebook.