Published on January 21st, 2012 | by Mark Chesnut
The new airport in Liberia, Costa Rica, makes travel a smoother experience.
New Airport Terminal Opens in Liberia, Costa Rica
|Now boarding: The new terminal at Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica.
Anyone planning a Costa Rica vacation to the country’s most popular resort area will have a new facility to welcome them.
The new terminal at Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica began operations on January 12, 2012, according to an announcement by the Costa Rica Tourism Board, Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Works, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation and the country’s vice president. The terminal has the capacity to service 1,500 passengers per hour and features 28 check-in counters, art and souvenir shops, restaurants, car rental counters, a VIP lounge, currency exchange counters and a convenience store, among other offerings. Tourism officials are confident that the new terminal will not only improve travel conditions and services, both for tourists and airline carriers that have chosen to fly into Costa Rica, but will encourage airlines to continue investing in the country.
“The construction of this new terminal will certainly boost national tourism development in Costa Rica, increasing the frequency of flights and attracting new airlines to the country, ensuring the competitiveness of the destination and its sustainability over time,” said Costa Rica’s minister of tourism Allan Flores.
The new, larger facilities are probably timed well, considering the increasing visitor numbers in this part of the nation. In November 2011, Daniel Oduber International Airport showed an increase of some 29 percent in arriving passengers over the same period last year. Several airlines, such as JetBlue and Frontier Airlines, have already invested in the terminal by offering new flight routes into Liberia. On November 17, 2011, JetBlue began offering four non-stop weekly flights from New York’s JFK Airport into Daniel Oduber, while Frontier Airlines began servicing Liberia on January 30, 2011 From Denver.
Nonstop flights are available into Liberia from several North American cities, including New York, Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Houston, Montreal, Dallas, Denver, Miami and Charlotte. With the opening of the new terminal, the Costa Rica Tourism Board hopes to increase the number of airlines and flights traveling into the country.
From January to November 2011, Daniel Oduber International Airport recorded an estimated 15.4 percent increase compared with the same period last year. The airport is one of the major points of entry for visitors traveling into Costa Rica, serving as a gateway to Guanacaste and the surrounding areas of Monteverde, La Fortuna, Tortugero and the Central Pacific. Named after the national tree of Costa Rica, Guanacaste is one of the country’s most popular vacation and ecotourism destinations, with several biological reserves, national parks and wildlife refuges.
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