Major Boost in Flights from Europe to Costa Rica

Starting October 28, 2018, the Air France-KLM group will operate one daily flight between Costa Rica and Europe during the European 2018-2019 winter season.

This is the third time that Air France is increasing its offerings since November 2, 2016, when it opened the Paris- San José route with 2 flights per week. It initially increased to 3 flights per week for the current 2017-2018 winter season, then announced 2 permanent flights during this year’s European summer season (from March to October). Air France is now increasing its winter flights to 4 per week for 2018-2019.

KLM, for its part, opened its Amsterdam-San José route in 2017 with 2 weekly flights during winter, will increase its offer to 3 flights per week beginning in the next winter season.

“Costa Rica continues reaping the rewards of a successful policy of attracting airlines from our main tourism markets. Now, with this important news that both airlines are increasing the frequency of their flights by one each, the Air France-KLM group will fly every day of the week to our country during peak season, creating almost 7,000 new seats,” explained Mauricio Ventura, Minister of Tourism.

Meanwhile, Henri Hourcade, Executive Director of Air France-KLM for Latin America, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean, explained: “This 24% increase in capacity by the Air France-KLM group for next winter season is the most effective response to customer demand and demonstrates our wish to expand our operations in Costa Rica and the Central American region.”

Between October 2017 to January 2018, Air France transported 34,246 passengers (an increase of 70% over the same period in 2016-2017) and has maintained an average occupancy rate of 91%.

Air France will operate its San José route using Boeing 777 aircraft, while KLM will fly to San José on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday on the Boeing 787- 9 Dreamliner.

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