By: Tamarindo News Staff Photo courtesy: ICT
- Concessionaire has foreseen future traveler arrivals’ rate growing, thus the expansion
- President of the Republic Carlos Alvarado, has visited the work.
- Joint strategy of ICT, the airport´s concessionaire and the Chamber of Tourism of Guanacaste achieve the terminal´s extension.
Liberia’s Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport now has an additional 4,118 square meters in its boarding halls, 417 square meters in the main lobby as well as six new airlines counters, six shops and a carousel in the baggage area.
The inauguration of the expansion work was prepared by CORIPORT, the concessionaire that administrates the airport, and was made official during the recent visit of President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado Quesada. The President arrived there in the framework of his Guanacaste tour that celebrated 194 Years of the Annexation of Nicoya to Costa Rica.
In addition to the President, also present at the official airport extension inauguration was the Minister of Tourism, Maria Amalia Revelo, as well as regional representatives and other authorities. This expansion increases the airport’s capacity by at least 300,000 more passengers per year.
“The airport’s growth benefits the province of Guanacaste directly. CORIPORT is committed to making continuous and proactive improvements that ensure passengers a unique experience, both at the arrival as well as at the departure of the country,” said CORIPORT’s CEO, César Jaramillo.
“We recognize tourism as an engine of the national economy and it has a multiplier effect that improves the quality of life of thousands of Costa Ricans,” said President Alvarado.
According to the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), the project is of great importance for Guanacaste given that more tourists continue to arrive in the province every year.
During this administration, more than four new international flights have already been announced for this airport. “We are joining efforts to diversify the flight market to Liberia, a goal in which we are continually working with the concessionaire and the Chamber of Tourism of Guanacaste,” the Minister of Tourism said.
The new work represents a $10.3 million investment from CORIPORT. The diplomatic hall implementation, the logistics center redevelopment as well as the solid waste management are also future projects that are planned.
Three new flights to Liberia arrived in May and June
Aeromexico, Sunwing and United Airlines offer new services to Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia on a permanent or temporal basis, while Air Canada will increase the frequency of its flights.
These new flights were accomplished during May and June as a result of the joint strategy managed by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), the Daniel Oduber International Airport and the Chamber of Tourism of Guanacaste (CATURGUA) to make Liberia, and subsequently Costa Rica, attractive to airlines.
Aeromexico will fly between Mexico City and Liberia becoming the first flight that to originate from a country other than the United States and Canada and arrive in the Guanacaste province. Service will begin November 10, 2018 and will extend through April 21, 2019 with two flights a week, on Embraer 190 aircrafts, which have a capacity of 99 passengers.
Sunwing will fly to Liberia from December 23 of this year until March 31, 2019, offering, for the first time, a direct route from Vancouver, Canada to Daniel Oduber International Airport.
United confirmed that it will continue operating the Houston to Liberia route twice a week. Meanwhile, as of December 2018, Air Canada will increase the frequency of its flights from Montreal and Toronto to Liberia. The services departing from Toronto to Liberia will increase from four times a week to a daily frequency beginning December 15. The Montreal-Liberia route will increase from one to three weekly flights from December 18.
“We are joining efforts to diversify the market of flights to Liberia, a goal we have been working on along with the private sector,” said Minister of Tourism Revelo.
Nowadays, 11 airline companies fly to Liberia; six of which operate from cities in the United States, three from Canada, one from Panama and the last one, from London, England.
In 2017, 525,661 international arrivals were registered in Costa Rica through the Liberia airport; 74.7% of which arrived from the United States. From January to May 2018, 287,355 arrivals were registered, according to data issued by the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration, processed by the ICT.
“The United States continues to be the biggest tourism market for Costa Rica, with a potential market of 24 million people. It is crucial to focus our efforts on keeping on attracting visitors from that country,” Revelo emphasized.