International Arrivals to Costa Rica increased in 2019

International arrivals to Costa Rica by plane improved by 7.8% in the first two months of 2019 compared to last year, as confirmed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute,  (ICT).

499,693 arrivals to the country by both international airports, the Juan Santamaría (SJO) in San Jose and the Daniel Oduber (LIR) in Liberia, were reported for the first two months of the year, the most important numbers for a high season in the past six years.

In January 2019 there were 248,754 international arrivals that amount represents an increase of 9.2% compared to January 2018, when there were 227,694.

In February, the percentage increase in arrivals by air was 6.4%; going from 235,830 in February 2018 to 250,939 in 2019.

The statistics of international arrivals to Costa Rica by air are of great importance for the country and based on these figures the promotion of the destination abroad is planned,” said the Minister of Tourism, María Amalia Revelo.

The Minister revived that a month ago at the ITB tourism fair in Berlin, the largest in the world, the airlines that connect Europe with the country – seven of them directly – declared in meetings held with representatives of the ICT their satisfaction with the outcomes they had obtained in recent months as a result of their operations to our country, and their astonishment by the reception that the destination has had in the markets they serve.

This growing connectivity with Europe improves our ability to attract our best prospects from Europe,” said Revelo.

Whereas in 2006 Costa Rica had only one indirect flight to Europe; At present, there are seven airlines -Air France, British Airways, Condor, Edelweiss, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa – offering direct flights.

ICT international arrivals to Costa Rica statistics are based on data provided by the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) – Costa Rica’s immigration service.


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