Canada will reactivate airlines operations to Costa Rica from October
The return of the airlines Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing and WestJet is confirmed starting on October 2 at the Guanacaste Airport, Daniel Oduber Quirós
The four Canadian-flag airlines will return to Costa Rica's international air terminals as of October 2, after an absence of seven months as a result of the internal decisions of the Canadian government to contain the pandemic in that country.
The return of the "maple leaf" country airlines Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing and WestJet will be staggered and completed in December. These airlines will fly from the cities of Toronto, Montreal and Calgary; most flights will be between Guanacaste and Canada.
“Canada is the second market that generates tourists to Costa Rica, only surpassed by the United States. The return of Canadian airlines occurs at an ideal time to boost visitation in the last quarter of the year and especially through the gateway to the province of Guanacaste where Canadian tourists mostly enter our country, ”said Gustavo J. Segura Sancho, Rector Minister of Tourism.
Reactivation itinerary. WestJet will be the first airline to land on national soil on October 2 from Toronto. It will arrive at the Guanacaste Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport once a week (Saturdays) and will increase to three weekly frequencies in November. One month later, on November 4, it will add the Calgary-LIR route twice a week: Thursday and Saturday.
Air Canada will return to Guanacaste from Toronto on October 9; for a month it will fly on Saturdays and in November it will increase to three weekly frequencies. On November 7 will add the Montreal-LIR route on Sundays. In the case of the Juan Santamaría International Airport, it will restart operations on October 13 from Toronto.
Sunwing's return will be on Monday, November 1 with weekly flights from Toronto and Montreal to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport. While Air Transat will reactivate its operations to Guanacaste with weekly connections from the cities of Montreal and Toronto from December 13 and 17 respectively.
For Claudia Dobles Camargo, First Lady of the Republic and coordinator of the Chorotega Region, the return of Canadian airlines and the gradual increase in the frequency of flights is a clear sign of the confidence that Costa Rica transmits internationally and represents a result of vital importance for the country and mainly for the economic and tourist reactivation of Guanacaste.
“We have given special attention to the economic and tourist recovery in Guanacaste and this news fills us with satisfaction and joy. The Chorotega Region has shown very positive figures in recent months. In the previous August, for example, Guanacaste registered 32,996 international arrivals, that is, 90% of the August 2019 numbers and that should inspire us to continue working hard as we have done so far, ”added Dobles.
César Jaramillo, general manager of Coriport, Guanacaste Airport concessionaire, indicates: "Recovering the operations of Canadian airlines represents great news, as it is the second largest source of tourists to Guanacaste. The vision shared with the authorities and the strategic application of the knowledge of VINCI Airports, have made it possible to reach the levels of visitation in the last three months that are similar to those of the same period in 2019. This growth translates into higher revenues throughout the entire region, due to the strong linkage of the tourism sector with many other activities, which fills us with optimism regarding the effects that the high season could have, which will begin soon ”.
Canadian tourists. According to ICT data, in 2019, 218,932 Canadian tourists entered the country by air, which represented just over 9% of all international travelers and approximately 13% of those from North America.
The market characterization prepared by the ICT of potential tourists from Canada reflects their preference for “escaping” from the intense winter in their country, their inclination for rest, exploring other cultures, relaxing in natural environments, living adventurous experiences, enjoying from the beaches, hiking, mountain biking, diving, rafting, surfing, snorkeling, canopying, horseback riding, yoga, among other activities that Costa Rica offers.
Canadian "best prospects" are a potential market of more than three million potential travelers concentrated primarily in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary.