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Panama’s Copa Airlines Adds Flights to Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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As of June 24 this year, Copa Airlines will add Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica to its new list of destinations, linking the province with the entire American continent through Panama’s Tocumen International Airport.

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Copa Airlines will fly to Guanacaste in Costa Rica

As of June 24 this year, the airline Copa Airlines incorporated into Liberia, Guanacaste, in its list of new destinations, linking the province with the entire American continent, through the Hub of the Americas, the hub more air connectivity in Latin America.

The announcement was made Wednesday at the Presidential House, accompanied by President Laura Chinchilla, the tourism minister, Allan Flores, CEO of Copa Airlines, Pedro Heilbron, government members and representatives of the tourism sector in Costa Rica.

To the Minister of Tourism, Allan Flores, this important news framing efforts to ensure the attraction of airlines, and the betting market of great importance such as South America.

“Over time, this region of the planet is characterized by having a very strong economy. In 2011, 128,911 South Americans visited our country which represents a 8.2% growth compared to 2010 and even air there was an increase of 5.8% over the previous period, so we hope this new frequency drives even the visit of the brother countries of the South, “said Flores.

For his part, CEO of Copa Airlines, Pedro Heilbron said that with this new route, one of four recently announced to start operations from June 2012, expected to promote tourism development, economic and social development of the regions of greatest importance to Costa Rica, as Guanacaste.

“The arrival of thousands of tourists and business travelers from the Caribbean, Central and South America to Guanacaste will be a favorable catalyst for Costa Rica. It also opens the possibility for tourists and businessmen especially Guanacaste can connect directly to 63 destinations in 29 countries across America and the Caribbean Cup it serves, “said Heilbron.

The airline will fly twice a week via the Hub of the Americas, as of June 24 this year. The route will operate with the Embraer 190 aircraft with capacity for 94 passengers: 84 in main cabin and 10 in Business Class.

This new flight coincides with the recent opening of the new terminal at Daniel Oduber International Airport, considered one of the main ports of entry tourism in the country. This grew by 17.3% over 2010, with a total of 264,165 tourists entered by this route, which benefit not only to Guanacaste North and South, but also to Monteverde, La Fortuna and Tortuguero and and the Central Pacific.

Copa Airlines has chosen to back the opening of the Panama-Guanacaste because of the strong position internationally in the region as a tourist destination and adventure, which will receive first jet flight from Latin America. This is the second destination of Copa Airlines in Costa Rica (San Jose was the first international destination for the airline since 1960).

Copa Airlines carried in all its targets 8.8 million passengers in 2011 and experienced an increase of over 21% in capacity in the previous year.

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