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Another direct flight to Liberia Costa Rica – from Vancouver Canada

ICT Announces New Direct Flight from Canada to Liberia

It Will Fly from December 23rd, 2018 and Until March 31st, 2019 with a Boeing 737 MAX 8


The Canadian airline Sunwing announced that from December 23rd, 2018 and until March 31st, 2019, will fly from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Liberia, Guanacaste, with a Boeing 737 MAX 8.

The information of this new direct flight that will link Canada and Costa Rica was confirmed on Monday, June 11th, through a statement from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).

The flight is scheduled to leave Vancouver on Sunday, December 23rd at 6 a.m. and arrive in Liberia at 3:10 p.m. and then leave Liberia on Sunday, December 30th at 5:30 p.m. and arrive in Canada at 5:30 p.m. 11:30 pm. The published times are in local hours of each country and are subject to changes without prior notice.

Sunwing Airlines jet
Sunwing Airlines jet

This is the 2nd flight that is announced for the province of Guanacaste in the current administration, because last Thursday, June 7th, the Government of Costa Rica and representatives of the company Aeromexico, reported a direct service, twice a week, between the Mexico City and Liberia.

6 years of conversations

In August 2011, Costa Rica and Canada signed an air transport agreement to open the door to commercial flights between both countries, without touching the United States land.

As a result of this agreement, in October 2012 the 1st flight of the Canadian airline WestJet arrived at the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, in Liberia Guanacaste. And in April 2016 the airline Air Canada announced a new direct flight, between Montreal and Costa Rica, during the winter season in the northern hemisphere.

Ticos interested in taking advantage of the new Vancouver route require a visa

Currently, to obtain a Canadian transit or tourism visa, four forms must be filled out on a Canadian government website and taken in person to the offices of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), along with 2 photographs of the same size, passport, documentation that demonstrates rooting in the country, and the flight itinerary.

Before that, the person must pay at the Bank of Costa Rica, the cost of processing, about ¢ 36,000.

Last September, during a bilateral meeting, the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau offered to review the procedure that Costa Ricans must take to obtain a visa that allows them to travel to that North American nation.

Trudeau was willing to soften the requirements, after the then president, Luis Guillermo Solis, told him about the difficulties faced by his countrymen to receive this migratory endorsement. Since then, no progress has been made on this issue.

Satisfaction in the sector

With the arrival of this new route to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, tourists will have the opportunity to enter Guanacaste -one of the destinations by the preference of the North American markets.

Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport

“At Coriport we celebrate Sunwing’s new flight from Vancouver to Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia. We have worked for hand in hand with the authorities to offer modern, innovative, climate-controlled and safe facilities”, said César Jaramillo, general manager of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (Coriport), which manages the airport in Liberia.

“It fills me with joy to give such good news in such a short time, because one of the commitments I have assumed during my administration is the strengthening of tourism in Mexico, the United States and Canada, markets of great importance for Costa Rica, by affinity issues and distance”, added Maria Amalia Revelo, Minister of Tourism.

Meanwhile, Andrew Dawson, president of Tour Operations for Sunwing, said he was “happy” to present Costa Rica as a destination for next winter”. In addition to being famous for its ecotourism and adventures, this popular destination is also noted for the quality of its accommodation and its people”, he said.

Guanacaste airport expansion set to begin in January

WOW!  It seems like the new terminal was just completed.  And now further expansion.  So exciting.  I expect this will only make it easier for our guests to enjoy the region, and entice even more airline connections from points all over the world!

Airport administrator Corporación Interamericana de Inversiones will invest $10.3 million to expand the terminal and increase its current capacity by about 20 percent.

Source: Guanacaste airport expansion set to begin in January

Air France is ready for its first direct flight from Paris to San José

Air France is ready for its first direct flight from Paris to San José on November 2th. Through its official Twitter account, the airline showed a 31-second video with some of the ‘most charming’ tourist destinations in Costa Rica such as Jacó, Poas Volcano, Celeste River, Uvita or La Fortuna de San Carlos. The first…

Source: Air France is ready for its first direct flight from Paris to San José

Air Canada to increase Toronto-San José flights from 5 to 11 per week

Exciting news!  For easiest transfer to Tamarindo, try a domestic flight on Sansa or Nature Air.  Or rent a car and see the country side on your way to the west coast and it’s stunning beaches.   Certainly beats the chill of Toronto in the winter season!

Starting in December, Air Canada will increase the number of Toronto-San José flights it offers from five a week to 11.

Source: Air Canada to increase Toronto-San José flights from 5 to 11 per week

Domestic Flights – Costa Rica Travel Info – Tico Times

You’ll find 2 major airlines providing domestic air service in Costa Rica, and both offer service to/from Tamarindo Airport (TMO).  As the article suggests, much quicker and more comfortable than driving to most destinations.  The planes are small, so seating can be limited.  Also, pay attention to baggage restrictions. 

Tico Times offers Costa Rica’s domestic flight information and other useful tips for all local travelers and foreign visitors.

Source: Domestic Flights – Costa Rica Travel Info – Tico Times

Airlines announce new flights from Canada, Mexico, Venezuela

No matter where you may be coming from, it’s getting easier to visit and play in Costa Rica paradise!  The Details

Air-Canada-Rouge-320x200Montreal-San José, Costa Rica: Service begins December 22, 2016, subject to government approval, with flight AC1844 and operates twice weekly departing Montreal at 07:40 on Thursday and Sunday, arriving in San José at 12:14. Return flight AC1845 departs San José at 13:35 and arrives in Montreal at 19:47. Service ends for the season on April 16, 2017. Flights will be operated by Air Canada rouge, Air Canada’s leisure carrier using a 282-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy cabins. Flights are timed to offer convenient connections to/from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick as well as Quebec-City, Ottawa and Toronto.

volarisMexican low-cost airline Volaris also announced Wednesday that was adding a third weekly flight between San José and Guadalajara and San José and Cancún. The carrier launched operations in Costa Rica in September 2015 with two weekly flights on these two routes.


albatrosEarlier this week, Venezuela’s Albatros Airlines confirmed the start, on May 2, of a non-stop flight three times a week between Caracas and San José.  Costa Rica is the airline’s first international destination.  Albatros general manager in Costa Rica Mauricio Castro said the company chose Costa Rica mostly because of the large number of Venezuelan expats currently living here.  “Costa Rica also is an excellent destination for both tourism and business,” he said. “Undoubtedly, we believe Costa Ricans also will find in Venezuela a great vacation destination.”


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