By: Tamarindo News Staff Photo courtesy: ICT
For the first time, Sunwing will fly to Costa Rica with a Boeing 737 MAX 8, boasting a capacity of 189 passengers at maximum occupancy.
Starting on December 23, this Sunwing flight will operate at Daniel Oduber International Airport.
Beginning December 23, Sunwing airline will fly to Liberia, Guanacaste, in a Boeing 737 MAX 8. This is the first operator to fly direct from Vancouver, a route that will be offered until March 31, 2019.
Sunwing announced this innovation in the framework of the negotiations held by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT).
This is the second flight from North America announced for Guanacaste in the last month.
“I am delighted to announce this great news in such a short period of time, since one of the commitments I have taken under my administration is the strengthening of tourism from Mexico, the United States and Canada, which are markets of major importance for Costa Rica in terms of affinity and distance. We will continue working to increase significantly the development of both international airports from those destinations, along with the growth in the European market,” said Maria Amalia Revelo, Minister of Tourism.
Itinerary of the flights:
Flight number: WG128
Vancouver (YVR) – Liberia (LIR)
- Leaves: Sunday, December 23, 6:00 a.m.
- Arrives: Sunday, December 23, 3:10 p.m.
Flight number: WG129
Liberia (LIR) – Vancouver (YVR)
- Leaves: Sunday, December 30, 5:30 p.m.
- Arrives: Sunday, December 30, 11:30 p.m.
* The times listed are the local times in each country and are subject to change without warning.
“We are very pleased to introduce Costa Rica as destination for the coming winter. As well as being renowned for its ecotours and adventures, this popular destination also stands out for the quality of its accommodations and people,” Andrew Dawson, president of Tour Operations for Sunwing said.
With this new service to the Daniel Oduber International Airport, tourists will arrive to Costa Rica via Guanacaste, one of the favorite destinations for North American markets.
“At CORIPORT we celebrate Sunwing’s new flight from Vancouver to Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia. We have worked along with the authorities in order to offer modern, innovative, climate-controlled and safe facilities. Expanded space and growth in the number of flights give us an optimistic view for the entire region,” said Cesar Jaramillo, General Manager of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (CORIPORT).
New Air Route Mexico-Liberia
On November 10, Aeroméxico will begin operation of flights between Mexico City and Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia.
President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, has announced that Aeroméxico will offer two weekly flights, using Embraer 190 airplanes, which seat 99 passengers.
Over the last decade, the amount of Mexican visitors has increased considerably. By the end of 2017, over 100,000 arrivals were registered from that country, showing a strong interest by this market for Costa Rica’s tourism offerings.
“Tourism becomes a powerful source of job creation everywhere, from direct jobs to those created from positive production linkages. We will continue to strengthen this sector, with more air routes, more tourists, and, therefore, more economic development for our country,” said President Alvarado.
According to ICT figures, more than 500,000 Mexicans are estimated to have high levels of interest in spending their holidays in Costa Rica in 2019, a signal of this growing market. With this promising picture, the Tourism Board reported that they are reaching a cooperative agreement with Aeroméxico that would allow Costa Rica to be promoted in Mexico and increase the support for the development of this new route.
Mexico is the second-highest source of investments in Costa Rica, after the United States. Nowadays, 37 companies operate in the country. A free trade agreement between the countries designed in 1994 regulates international commerce, which has improved with an average annual growth of 8% over the last few years.
Minister of Tourism, Revelo, said that the launch of Aeroméxico´s operations at Daniel Oduber International Airport has the obvious purpose of bringing substantial tourist development to Guanacaste and other nearby regions.
“The arrival of this new route to Daniel Oduber International Airport will give tourists the opportunity to enter the country through Guanacaste which is considered one of the favored destinations for this nation for holidays, leisure and recreation,” Revelo explained.
She added that more than half of Mexican tourists consider Costa Rica an ideal destination for trips of couples and families. “With these efforts, we will boost our promotion for development of small and medium tourist enterprises, for the well-being of families who rely on the tourism sector,” the Minister concluded.
“This announcement is a major component of our strategy to increase connectivity to and from Mexico. During this season, our clients can enjoy a more complete offering that will give them the option to arrive to Costa Rica through San Jose and return to Mexico City via Liberia, or vice-versa,” said Sergio Allard, Executive Director of Institutional Relations of Aeromexico.
CORIPORT, Daniel Oduber International Airport’s operator, explained that the arrival of Aeroméxico will not only benefit tourism options for Mexican passengers, but will also facilitate a number of connections from all the world.
“We celebrate the arrival of Aeroméxico, an internationally renowned airline whose quality and passenger care are globally recognized. As the airport´s administrators, we are also thankful for a series of synergies by which the private tourism sector came together to make it possible for the launch of this route”, said CORIPORT’s Jaramillo.
Aeroméxico has been operating in Central America and the Caribbean for over 11 years. Currently, it offers two daily flights to Mexico City from San Jose, making Liberia its second destination in the country to connect to Mexico City.
Itinerary of the flights
Liberia, Costa Rica- Mexico City**
AM 2657 12:06 p.m. 3:10 p.m. Saturday, Sunday
Mexico City – Liberia, Costa Rica**
AM 2656 8:15 a.m. 11:06 a.m. Saturday, Sunday
* The times listed are the local times in each country and are subject to change without warning. ** From November 10, 2018 and April 21, 2019.
The itineraries have been designed such that Aeroméxico customers will have excellent options to connect their airline flights to Mexico, the United States and Canada.