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Direct flight will connect Guanacaste with Austin starting in November

QCOSTARICA - American Airlines announced that starting November 2, 2021, it will offer a direct flight between Austin, Texas and the Daniel Oduber International Airport, in Liberia, Guanacaste. The new route will be offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and arises at the request of...

Southwest resumes operations today at the Guanacaste Airport

QCOSTARICA - This Sunday, the Guanacaste Airport - a member of the VINCI Airports network - received the first of the daily flights from Southwest airlines, after more than a year of not offering the service due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The flight arrived at...

KLM announces reactivation of flights to Costa Rica starting June 29

QCOSTARICA - KLM announced, this Monday, April 19, that it will reactivate its flights between the Netherlands and Costa Rica, starting on June 29. The airline will make the Amsterdam-San José-Liberia-Amsterdam route on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) reported. Gustavo Segura,...

Government to compensate Liberia airport manager US$600K for pandemic losses

QCOSTARICA - Coriport, the company that manages the Daniel Oduber Quirós International airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste, claimed the State for compensation of US$600,000 dollars for the loss in income during the months in which the country's airports were closed to tourists in 2020,...

Immigration alerts about possible delay in airport procedures this Saturday

QCOSTARICA - The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - Costa Rica's immigration service - is alerting people arriving and leaving the country this Saturday, April 10, 2021, to possible delays in its procedures. The DGME says the delays are due to the Judiciary's...

Getting covid tested at the Liberia airport

RICO's COVID DIGEST - I had to opportunity to be at the Liberia (Daniel Oduber International) airport (LIR), in Guanacaste, on Wednesday and got a first-hand look at the covid testing center set up for departing travelers to destinations where testing is required. As reported...

What to consider if you are leaving the country during Easter and after

QCOSTARICA - Unless you must absolutely travel out of the country during these times, Costa Rica's Minister of Health is asking to put off any unnecessary travel at this time. “People who have to travel and can postpone it, do it, because new variants have...

Liberia opens lab for covid-19 antigen testing

QCOSTARICA - The Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste, announced the opening of a laboratory for testing of covid-19 antigens to interested travelers. Given the difficulty of tourists in Guanacaste to locate a lab near their vacation destination, the ability to get tested...

Guanacaste Airport awarded best airport for customer experience

QCOSTARICA - The Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste, was among the winners, for the third consecutive year, of the best airport in quality of customer service. This recognition is provided for the Latin American and Caribbean regions in the two million passenger...

Costa Rica recovers air routes, but international tourism remains lukewarm

QCOSTARICA - The country recovered most of the air routes that were frozen due to the Covid-19 pandemic, confirming the return of 17 international airlines that had slowed down their operations to avoid economic losses. Despite this significant recovery, tourist traffic is lukewarm, to the...

KLM returns to Liberia, Guanacaste

QCOSTARICA - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines resumed its direct flights from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), in Liberia, this week. The Tuesday night arrival was the first in a series of returning flights and new connections to be announced...

Jetblue resumed flights to Liberia with direct flight from Los Angeles

QCOSTARICA - This Saturday, December 19, the Liberia Airport in Guanacaste (LIR)received the new JetBlue flight from Los Angeles International Airport, California (LAX). JetBlue is one of the eight airlines that returned to Costa Rica after the border closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Jetblue's maiden...

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...

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