Alvaro Vargas, director of Civil Aviation (Dirección General de Aviación Civil) confirmed the announcement by the airline to suspend, for six months, all flights between San José and Mexico City starting February 1; and San José – Bogota (Colombia) – Rio de Jainero (Brazil) and San José – Lima (Peru) – Santiago (Chile) staring February 17.
Vargas said “we do not like when airlines cancel flight routes”.
In the Monday announcement, Avianca said it was reactivating its San José – New York flight starting on February 16th.
Ever since the Colombian airline purchased control of regional carrier TACA airlines two years ago, the San José airport (the Juan Santamaria – SJO) began losing flights as th airline began a realignment of its routes.
In the last year, Avianca in Costa Rica has suspended 24 routes.