• Flights from Russia are in the crosshairs of ICT.
New flights to the country from California, Texas and Washington, as well as some others from Europe and South America will begin operations next year, according to the Costa Rican Board of Tourism (ICT).
Jean-Marc Bourreau, ICT advisor, said that flights will come from the U.S. to the country operated by a new airline, whose name was not disclosed; he also indicated that they are working on habilitating a new flight from Costa Rica to France with a stopover in Dominican Republic and another flight from Costa Rica to Brazil. Another destination of great interest to ICT is Russia. According to Bourreau, the possibility of operating a flight from that country to Costa Rica is being analyzed.
According to ICT, in a presentation that was made days ago, Juan Santamaria International Airport receives 16 airlines taking off at 16 different locations and Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia has 11 airlines and 16 destinations.
As indicated by ICT, during the first months of the year, a growth in tourist arrivals has been reported as 6.2 % by sea, and 8.6 % by air.
In the past four years, according to ICT, the average expenditure per tourist is of $ 1378 and they will stay in the country for about 12 days.
It is also being considered to take up again on connections from Costa Rica; therefore, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that by mid-August, the operation of the flight from San Jose to San Salvador by the Salvadoran airline VECA would begin.
Also, for the end of year, new flights from San José to Miami, Panama City and Managua are expected to start operations with a new national flag carrier: Air Costa Rica, which, according to DGCA, is completing the certification process to begin operations .