(QCOSTARICA) The administrator of the Daniel Oduber international airport in Liberia, Guanacaste (LIR), Coriport, expects the first commercial to arrive in September. This will be the first flight with tourists that the terminal will receive since the borders were closed on March 16, as a measure to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
César Jaramillo, general manager of Coriport, explained that, with the exclusion of flights from the United States, the airport has been sitting idle since the reopening of air borders on August 1.
The majority of flights arriving at the Liberia airport are from the U.S.; meanwhile, flights from Europe and Canada typically are seasonal, from October to May.
However, posts on social networks indicate that these flights have so far been canceled by the airlines, mainly due to the lack of passengers.
According to Westjet, the first light from Toronto (YYZ) to Liberia (LIR) is for October 10, 2020; Air Canada, on October 6, 2020.
U.S. airlines Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest, and United Airlines also plan to fly to Liberia this year, according to information provided by Civil Aviation (Dirección General de Aviación Civil – DGAC).
However, they are still pending the approval of the Ministry of Health to allow commercial flights from the United States.
The list (August 13) of allowed countries:
- Vatican State
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Czech Republic
- Republic of Korea
- San Marino
- Slovak Republic