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Competition Heats Up in Costa Rica Air Travel

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The abrupt cancellation of a handful of flights and layoff of workers by Taca Airlines in May, has the competition heating up in the sky over Costa Rica.

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Air Travel in Costa Rica Becomes More Competitive

The friendly skies over Costa Rica are attracting the attention of airlines and business leaders who see plenty of opportunities to generate handsome profits. The abrupt cancellation of a handful of flight and the summary layoff of more than two hundred employees by the airline Taca back in May left a sour taste in the air travel industry of Costa Rica, but recent news point to a positive recovery from that setback.

Taca’s downsizing move comes in the wake of its merger with Avianca, and the Taca brand will soon be part of our country’s aviation history. Just a few weeks after Taca’s discontinuation of service between Costa Rica and five crucial destinations, the National Director of Civil Aviation received a proposal from a business group that aims to create a new Tico airline that will specifically fill the void left by Taca.

TICOS – Lineas Aereas is the name of the business group that aims to compete against Lacsa, Avianca and other major airlines that service the Juan Santamaria and Daniel Oduber airports in Alajuela and Liberia. It is important to note that Lacsa lives in name and flight authorization only; El Salvador-based Avianca took over operation of those flights back in 1999. The direct flights that TICOS wants to operate will connect travelers in Costa Rica to Los Angeles, New York, La Habana, Quito, and Guayaquil. The airline would operate Airbus aircraft.

Tourism and air travel officials and business leaders are contemplating ways to be more competitive and take away regional traffic from Panama. The ongoing remodeling of Juan Santamaria and the debut of the airport in Liberia are part of this plan; the National Tourism Board (ICT in Spanish) is launching strategic marketing campaigns with partners such as Delta Air Lines.

From December 21st to March 29th, Delta will offer non-stop service between Minneapolis and San Jose. On every Friday from December 21st until January 4th, Delta will takeoff from Liberia to Atlanta at 9:20, giving returning tourists more flexibility with their schedules.

Other recent additions to air travel in Costa Rica include JetBlue’s dirt-cheap flights from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose. This is a daily flight that starts at $135 one-way from September 6 to December 13, but penny-pinching travelers can purchase their tickets now to take advantage of what will surely be a popular flight.

Also starting this month is a non-stop flight from Los Angeles to San Jose operated by Delta. This will bring Delta’s service to Costa Rica to four daily non-stop flights: two between San Jose and Atlanta, one between Liberia and Atlanta, and the new daily San Jose – Los Angeles service.
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