American Airlines will fly direct from Chicago to San José and Guanacaste
Starting on November 2, the airline will operate the direct routes Chicago, Illinois (ORD) - San José (SJO) and Chicago (ORD) -Guanacaste (LIR) in Boeing 738 aircraft for 172 passengers
The flight to San José will arrive at 11 pm three times a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The return to Chicago will be on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 09.00 hours. Meanwhile, the flight to Guanacaste will arrive at Daniel Oduber on Saturdays at 2:18 p.m. and will return to Chicago that same day at 3:18 p.m.
"These flights will strengthen the high season that traditionally begins in the third week of November and will connect us with a strategic focus of tourist attraction to Costa Rica, the city of Chicago in the state of Illinois; it is news that brings hope to the gradual process recovery of the tourism sector ”, said Gustavo J. Segura, Minister of Tourism.
The confirmation of these new routes is the result of the negotiations carried out by the ICT with this US airline.
"American Airlines has a strong commitment to Costa Rica, as evidenced by the 84 weekly flights that we will be operating in the fall to five destinations - the largest operation we have had during our 31 years in Costa Rica," said Rafael Sánchez, Regional Manager of Central America in American.
"We are proud to start a new route from San José and Liberia, offering our clients greater travel options, now to Chicago, one of our most important hubs in the United States."
Chicago is strategic
Chicago appears in fourth place in the ranking of the 10 US cities that concentrate the largest number of potential tourists with a high interest in traveling to Costa Rica, only below New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
This is denoted by the study Americans as International Travelers on the best prospects residing in the United States, carried out prior to the pandemic by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.
In addition, the so-called "city of winds" in the northeast-central region of the United States, concentrates a nascent potential market with travelers interested in nature, outdoor activities and business.
Minister Segura called on the entire population and especially the inhabitants of essentially tourist cantons, to keep up the guard against Covid-19, to be strict in observing health protocols and to be vaccinated, in order to join efforts that guarantee a safe high season, source of social and economic recovery for the different national destinations that international tourism travels when it comes to Costa Rica.