Friday 2 June 2023

Travelers Will Have Direct More Routes To And From Costa Rica

Costa Rica's competitiveness in the tourism market attracts more air services than any other country in the region

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More flights to North America and Europe will be available to travelers at the end of the year due to the increase in both frequencies and routes.

In October, KLM will resume direct flights to and from Costa Rica and Amsterdan, on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo Sebastián Rodríguez /

Meanwhile, there will be fewer flights with connections in the region due to the reorganization of Avianca, while a reduction in flights to Nicaragua due to the continuing crisis in that country.

As to international destinations, Canada’s Air Transat will begin flights from December 18 under the triangular model that will connect Vancouver, San Jose and Liberia; in the same way, KLM will service the two Costa Rican international terminals and Amsterdam starting October 29.

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Meanwhile, American Airlines and JetBlue, starting in November, will offer almost 100,000 additional seats (per year), with direct routes to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

The added flights is a result of Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) promotional strategy in the United States, Canada and Europe.

In contrast, travelers on Avianca will see a reduction of flights with a stop in Guatemala to various destinations in the US, such as Boston, Chicago, New York, Miami and Orlando via Guatemala; for destinations, the connection will be by way of Bogotá.

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More than 27 airlines connect Costa Rica with the Americas and Europe directly.


  • Air France: Paris
  • British Airways: London
  • Condor: Frankfurt
  • Edelweiss: Zurich
  • Iberia: Madrid
  • KLM: Amsterdam
  • Lufthansa: Frankfurt
  • TUI: London

North And Central America

  • Aeroméxico: Mexico City
  • Air Canada: Toronto
  • Air Transat: Vancouver
  • Alaska Airlines: Los Ángeles
  • American Airlines: Dallas, Miami, Charlotte, Phoenix
  • Avianca: Guatemala, San Salvador
  • Copa: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras
  • Delta: Atlanta, Los Ángeles
  • Jet Blue: Fort Lauderdale, Nueva York, Orlando
  • Interjet: Mexico City
  • United: Nueva York, Houston, Chicago, Denver
  • Volaris: San Salvador, Guatemala, México City, Cancún, Los Ángeles, Washington D.C., New York
  • Spirit: Fort Lauderdale, Orlando
  • Southwest: Baltimore, Houston, Fort Lauderdale
  • Sunwing: Toronto
  • WestJet: Toronto
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South America

  • Air Panama: Panama City
  • Albatros: Caracas
  • Avianca: Panama City, Lima, Bogota
  • Copa Airlines: Panama City
  • LATAM: Lima


Last year (2018), more than 3 million visitors arrived in Costa Rica. Where are they coming from?

According to ICT data:

  • North America 1,600,000
  • Central America 690,000
  • Europe 480,000
  • South America 190,000
  • Asia 56,000
  • Caribbean 12,000
  • Africa 3,000
  • Middle East 1,000
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