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Liberia airport restarts operations after months of closure

(QCOSTARICA) This Saturday, September 5, the Daniel Oduber International airport in Liberia (LIR), Guanacaste, came back to life with the first flight after it was closed for 170 days due to the pandemic. At 12 noon, United Airlines flight arrived from Newark (EWR), New Jersey...

Caturga asks to allow flights from the U.S. to Guanacaste

(QCOSTARICA) The Guanacaste Chamber of Tourism (Caturgua) is requesting that the Government allow the arrival of tourists from the United States this month of August. The request for U.S. travelers to enter the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste, comes after the...

San Jose airport empty on reopening

(QCOSTARICA) Empty, but ready to receive, is the way to describe the Juan Santamaria international airport (SJO) on Saturday, August 1, the first day of the reopening of the air terminal to tourists. Costa Rica barred the arrival of foreign tourists on March 18, a...

Non-Canadian, EU or UK citizens with new entry rules for Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Travelers who are not citizens of countries authorized to fly to Costa Rica for now, such as U.S. citizens, will be able to enter Costa Rica meeting the requirements set out on Tuesday (July 28) by the Dirección General de Migración de Extranjería...

Liberia airport will operate with no flights

(QCOSTARICA) The Daniel Oduber international airport (LIR) in Liberia, it will continue to be closed to international operations despite the fact that the government announced this Thursday the opening of commercial flights for August 1. That air terminal had only confirmed airlines from the United...

Opening dates at airports in the region

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica confirmed this Thursday the opening of its air borders starting on August 1, for a very limited market: commercial flights from Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom. The country would thus become one of the first in the region to...

The requirements for travelers and the protocols at airports on August 1

(QCOSTARICA) Starting August 1, 2020, Costa Rica will reopen its airports to travelers from Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom, as announced this Thursday. The minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, said that the reopening of the country's international airports will be gradual and...

Coronaviruses and flights: Which airlines are arriving and departing from Costa Rica and which are not to July 20?

(QCOSTARICA) In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, there is confusion and uncertainty on air travel to and from Costa Rica, airports open or closed, which airlines are providing flights and which are not. One, the country's airports are open, but only the Juan Santamaria...

Five US airlines with scheduled flights to Liberia airport after August 1

(QCOSTARICA) Five US airlines already have scheduled flights on their itineraries starting from August 1 to Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste. They are United Airlines, Delta, American Airlines, Alaska and Jetblue. César Jaramillo, manager of the terminal's management company, Coriport, confirmed that these...

Coronavirus and flights: Which airlines are arriving and departing from Costa Rica and which are not?

(QCOSTARICA) In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we've updated the list of which airlines have flights to and from Costa Rica and which do not. This is the official information of the Juan Santamaría airport (SJO) up to June 27. Aeroméxico:...

Civil Aviation prepares protocols for full reopening of international airports

What will the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) and Daniel Oduber (Liberia) airports be like post the coronavirus pandemic? That is what is being discussed at the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (Dirección General de Aviación Civil), together with the administrators of the air terminals, as...

Costa Rica says goodbye…the last of the Canadians

"Costa Rica says goodbye because we are the last flight...... with Air Canada," posted Colette Bélanger on March 25 on her Facebook account. Very touching. The photo was taken at the Daniel Oduber International airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste.  

Ministry of Health insists there is no need to prevent travel with China

Costa Rican airports have a coordination and contingency plan in case someone from China (especially Wuhan) arrives in the country with respiratory symptoms. There are also posters with key information and recommendations for tourists entering or leaving the country. All this is part of the...

What is the impact of recent turbulence on Costa Rica’s commercial aviation?

Volaris announced on November 13 that it would freeze the growth of its operations in Costa Rica. The risk of a strong increase in costs, the possibility of extending a contract and the current competitiveness of fares are the three axes of the tense...

Inaugural Flight: JFK- SJO

American Airlines began on Thursday, November 21 daily service between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) - San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO). JFK-SJO: Departs New York daily at 3:59 pm and arrives at 9:42 pm Departs the San José area at 11:03 pm and...

New Low-Cost Flight: Dallas – Liberia

The low-cost airline Sun Country announced that between June and August 2020 it will operate a weekly flight between the Dallas, Texas and  Liberia, Costa Rica. The operation will begin on Saturday June 13 and end on Saturday August 15, with flights departing the Dallas...

Costa Rica Announces US$158 Million Dollar Investment in Airports

The Costa Rican government announced that in the remainder of 2019 and next year, it plans to invest about À90 billion colones (US$158 million dollars) in the modernization of international and regional airports. The Consejo Técnico de Aviación Civil (CETAC) and the Dirección General de...

Costa Rica Tourist Arrivals Grew 4% up to June 2019

During the first half of the year, 1.73 million visitors arrived in Costa Rica, a figure 3.9% higher than that reported in the same period in 2018, behavior that is explained by the rise in the arrival of tourists from North America.   Figures from the...

More Flights between Costa Rica and New York

On November 21, 2019, American Airlines will begin operating a new flight between San Jose and New York, and in December another flight between Liberia and New York will begin. The flight connecting San Jose will be daily, departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport...

Not Good For Costa Rica’s Tourism Image!

Rico's TICO BULL - Earlier this month, on Saturday, June 8 operations at the Daniel Oduber Quiros international airport (LIR) in Liberia, Guanacaste, was shut down for several hours. The closure, as explained by the deputy director of Civil Aviation, Álvaro Vargas, was due to...

KLM Will Begin Flying To Liberia Starting October 29

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will, starting October 29, offer four weekly flights connecting Amsterdam with the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, Guanacaste. The service includes a two-hour intermediate stop at the Juan Santamaría International (SJO) airport in San Jose. Flights are scheduled for Tuesdays,...

Costa Rica’s Air Traffic Controllers Reach Agreement

Costa Rica's air traffic controllers reached an agreement on Monday after a meeting with the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) and Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) - to address some of the complaints raised by the controllers. On Saturday, through a press...

Costa Rica joins countries that close airspace to the Boeing 737 MAX

Costa Rica's Dirección General de Aviación Civil - Civil Aviation - on Wednesday, March 13 announced that, until further notice, the operation of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 aircraft in the Costa Rican airspace is prohibited. The Director of Civil Aviation,...

American Airlines will let passengers take private helicopters to avoid long lines

For you next flight to and/or from Costa Rica from New York or Los Angeles, you might want to consider taking a helicopter. No, not all the way of course, but to and from the airports at JFK or LAX. Fast Company reports American Airlines...

Not Welcome. Costa Rica Rejects Entry of Canadian With Ties To Drug Gang & Organized Crime

Costa Rica's immigration officials denied a Canadian entry suspected of ties to a drug trafficking gang and organized crime. The Canadian, identified as Dan Hann, was rejected at the Daniel Oduder International airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste. "The mechanisms of migratory control and the execution of...

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...

Apple Vacations Offers Costa Rica Direct Flights From Chicago’s Rockford IL

Chicago's Rockford Airport (RFD) celebrated on Friday the first direct flight to Costa Rica on Fridays until the end of April. Costa Rica joins Cancun (Mexico) and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) as the airport's international destinations through Apple Vacations. Flights depart from the main the...

More Canadians To Hit Costa Rica Beaches With New Direct Flights From Vancouver

The Canadian low-cost airline Sunwing, that also operates seasonal flight services from over 30 local Canadian gateways, started operations this week between Vancouver International airport (YVE) and the Daniel Oduber International airport (LIR) in the Guanacaste of Liberia. The flight operates weekly on Sundays with...

Failure With Immigration System Affected Travelers at San Jose and Liberia Airports

A failure the immigration control systems on Monday affected the arrival and departure of passengers at the Juan Santamaría (San Jose) in Alajuela and Daniel Oduber, in Liberia, Guanacaste airports. Civil Aviation (Aviación Civil) reported that the failure was in the International Police (Interpol) systems...

Aeromexico Adds Liberia (Guancaste) – Mexico City Flight

Aeromexico, the Mexican airline, inaugurated its Liberia, Guanacaste flights to Mexico City, Mexico this Saturday, November 10. The airline says the route will be operating during the high season, with the last flight on April 21, 2019. This first flight departed from the Daniel Oduber International...

JetBlue Brings EatUp Café Fresh Food to More Latin America & Caribbean Routes

JetBlue announced Thursday (September 20) that starting this month it will now offer fresh food on select Latin America and Caribbean routes for the very first time. Popular on domestic long-haul flights, EatUp Café menu items are now available for purchase on international flights longer...

Airports Running Normally!

Despite the blockades on Route 1, on both sides of the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), authorities assure airport operations are continuing to operate normally. "Part of the good functioning of the airport terminals is thanks to the fact that 100% of the personnel of...

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