Monday 21 June 2021

Low-Cost Airlines Gain Speed In Costa Rica


QCOSTARICA – The more than US$600 cost of flights between Central American countries by Avianca and Copa airlines could soon be a thing of the past, with the increased flights by “low-cost” airline moving international passengers to and from the San Jose and Liberia airports.

Last year, the low-cost airlines moved 13% of the total 4.4 million international passengers using both terminals, according to Civil Aviatiion (Dirección General de Aviación Civil).

- Advertisement -

In 2011, the figure was 9.2% of the 4.2 million.

The low-cost airlines offer lower fares, but charge for many of the traditional services offered by conventional airlines.

Airfares to Managua (Nicaragua) or Bogota (Colombia), for example, on Avianca or Copa, include meals, beverages (including alcohol) and lax restrictions on the bags and weight. But at what price?

Serving now the San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR) airports, the low-cost airlines include JetBlue with regular flights to Orlando, Boston and Fort Lauderdale; Spirit to Fort Lauderdale; Frontier to Denver; and the most recent, Southwest to Baltimore.

- Advertisement -

Both Spirit and Southwest have announced they will soon begin flights to Houston.

Flying soon will be a new Costa Rican airline, Air Costa Rica, promising low-cost fares. Alvaro Vargas, director of Civil Aviation, confirmed Mexico’s Volaris will begin to compete for passengers.

Flights on the low-cost airlines can be half or more of the cost of a ticket on a conventional airline.

Pablo Abarca, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Cámara Nacional de Turismo – Canatur) noted that traditional airlines such as Avianca, now have promotional rates that did not happen before.

For example, last week Avianca was offering flights within Central America for US$249.

Tickets on Avianca and Copa, whose pricing are usually within a few dollars of each other, to Central America can cost over US$600; to Bogota (Colombia) or Lima (Peru) – a distance less that to New York, for example – can be over US$1.000.

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Cynthia Ann Telles named new U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Today, U.S. President Joe Biden announced his nomination of...

Simple to request certification of vaccines against covid-19 applied in Costa Rica and abroad

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health issued a new guideline on...


Vaccination commission endorses J & J vaccine, says no to Sinovac

QCOSTARICA - The Comisión Nacional de Vacunación y Epidemiología (CNVE)  - National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission - endorsed the use of Johnson and Johnson...

Central America is back in the news for the wrong reasons, Costa Rica is once again the exception

QCOSTARICA - Osta Rica has been the epicenter of regional diplomacy in recent days. The successive visits of the Secretary of State of the...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 17: 7 & 8 CANNOT circulate

Today, Thursday, June 17, vehicles with plates ending 7 & 8 CANNOT circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm,...

Since 2018 MECO has received contracts from the State for more than ¢139 billion

QCOSTARICA - Almost ¢140 billion colones (US$227 million dollars) is the amount the MECO construction company was able to snare for public works contracts...

College of Physicians negotiates donation of a million and a half vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - This week there could be very good news for the country in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic if the College of...

Companies covered up defective asphalt

QCOSTARICA - The judicial file of the Cochinilla Case, on alleged corruption in road works, exposes how three companies would have covered up the...

13 Powerful Home Remedies for Acne

Acne is considered to be one of the most common skin ailments on the planet, with a record 60 million people being afflicted by...

Construction companies that paid alleged bribes would be disqualified for ten years

QCOSTARICA - If it is proven in a final judgment that they did pay bribes to Conavi officials, several companies could be disqualified from...

Immigration system failure affected passengers at the San Jose airport Monday

QCOSTARICA -  In yet another system-wide failure in the immigration check-out, passengers looking to leave Costa Rica Monday morning by way of the Juan...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.