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Costa Rica launches a new direct flight to South America



  • LATAM Airlines has chosen Costa Rica as its first Central American destination.
  • The air route will allow flights to Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay and Paraguay.

LATAM Airlines has launched its first flight to Costa Rica, making the country the first Central American destination for the airline.

Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, President of the Republic of Costa Rica, noted that the arrival of this major airline in the country makes for an excellent start to the year, because it shows that the Airline Attraction Strategy being implemented by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) has been successful and continues to bear fruit. It has allowed for the opening of new markets and the positioning of the country as a tourist destination.

Mauricio Ventura, the Minister of Tourism, explained that the arrival of LATAM Airlines to Costa Rica represents a new door to South America, reaching markets to which there was previously no direct connection.

“We're starting the year off in the best way possible, widening our horizons and reaching even further into South America. We welcome LATAM Airlines, one of the strongest airlines in the hemisphere, both in tourism and cargo offerings. We are honored that they have chosen us as their first Central American destination. This is great news for our tourism sector and for the country at large," Ventura emphasized.

"This new air route is excellent news for tourism and connectivity with Latin America, and strengthens our unique network of destinations. Costa Rica is recognized around the world for its natural settings and outdoor activities, and our passengers from around the region will be able to access this destination with connections through our Lima hub," said Enrique Cueto, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group. The airline will offer three flights per week on the Lima-San José route, for which they will use an A320 plane with a capacity of 168 passengers.

One of the most important aspects of this route is that it has a natural connection with various destinations:

The flight to San José offers convenient connections with flights coming from Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina; São Paolo, Brazil; Asunción, Paraguay, and Santiago, Chile.

The flight from San José, on the other hand, connects with various destinations of the Southern Cone of South America within two hours of its arrival in Lima: Santiago, Chile (2 flights available); Antofagasta, Chile; Córdoba, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay; Asunción, Paraguay, and Mendoza, Argentina.

Flight information:

LA2502 / 12:50 Lima - San José 15:55 / Tue-Fri-Sun / Airbus A320 200             LA2503 / 16:45 San José - Lima 21:25 / Tue-Fri-Sun / Airbus A320 200

About LATAM Airlines Group S.A.

LATAM Airlines Group is the main group of airlines in Latin America, with one of the largest networks of connections in the world, offering airline services to around 140 destinations in 25 countries, with presence in six domestic markets in Latin America:: Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, as well as international operations within Latin America and to Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Oceania and Africa.

LATAM Airlines Group is made up of more than 43,000 employees and operates over 1,300 flights every day, transporting over 67 million passengers every year.

With a young, modern fleet, LATAM Airlines Group has 306 planes, which include the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350, A321 and A320neo models, the most modern models in their class.

LATAM Airlines Group (formerly LAN Airlines) is made up of subsidiaries in Peru, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador, LATAM CARGO and its subsidiaries, as well as TAM S.A. and its subsidiaries, TAM Linhas Aéreas S.A. (LATAM Airlines Brazil), including its TAM Transportes Aéreos Del Mercosur S.A. business unit (LATAM Airlines Paraguay), and Multiplus S.A.

LATAM is the brand of the member airlines of LATAM Airlines Group, under which its products and services are being implemented within a gradual integration plan.

Since the year 2000, LATAM Airlines Group has been a member of the Oneworld alliance of world-class airlines, made up of 14 airlines that are leaders in aviation. Through this alliance, the Group offers its passengers access to over 1,000 airports in 159 countries, with over 14,000 take-offs every day.

LATAM Airlines Group is the only group of airlines in Latin America and one of just three worldwide to enter the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index, where it has been recognized four years in a row for its sustainable practices, based on economic, social and environmental criteria.

LATAM Airlines Group stock is sold on the Santiago stock exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange in the form of ADRs.

For more information: http://www.latamairlinesgroup.net


Instituto Costarricense de Turismo