- 4 Air France flights on the Paris-Charles de Gaulle – San José route
- 3 KLM flights on the Amsterdam-Schiphol – San José route
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 out operations in Costa Rica and the Central American region."
Air France in Costa Rica
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 planes, with a combination of 777-300 and 777-200 models. The route will be operated by a Boeing 777-300 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and a Boeing 777-200 on Wednesdays.
The Boeing 777-300 is equipped with 468 seats: 14 in Business class, 32 in Premium Economy and 422 in Economy. For its part, the Boeing 777-200 offers 312 seats: 28 in Business class, 24 in Premium Economy and 260 in Economy. This plane is equipped with the latest-generation cabins in the Air France fleet.
Air France flight schedule to San Jose, October 28, 2018 to March 29, 2019:
AF431: leaves Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José at 10:45 p.m. arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 4:20 p.m. on the following day.
AF430: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 1:50 p.m. and arrives in Juan Santamaría International Airport at San José at 6:30 p.m. on the same day.
Air France will operate its San José route on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
KLM in Costa Rican
KLM inaugurated its Amsterdam-San José route on October 31, 2017. So far this winter season (October 2017 to January 2018), KLM has transported 14,590 passengers, with an occupancy rate of 87%.
KLM will fly to San José on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the most modern plane in the KLM fleet. The KLM Dreamliner has a capacity of 294 people: 30 seats in World Business Class (KLM's executive class), 219 in Economy and 45 in the Economy Comfort zone. In addition to being the airline's most recent acquisition, the Dreamliner is designed to offer the most comfort to passengers while protecting the environment: it uses 20% less fuel and produces 20% less CO2.
KLM flight schedule to San Jose, October 28, 2018 to March 29, 2019:
KL760: leaves Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José at 10:05 p.m. and arrives at Amsterdam-Shiphol at at 3:10 p.m. on the following day.
KL759: leaves Amsterdam-Shiphol at 3:25 p.m. and arrives at Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José at 8:05 p.m. on the same day.
KLM will operate its San José route on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
The alliance between Air France, KLM and Copa Airlines serving Costa Rica
Complementing their direct flights to San José, the company's customers can fly to Europe via Panama, taking advantage of the two daily flights that Copa Airlines offers between San José and Panama City, and from there, connect with the daily flights Air France offers to Paris and KLM to Amsterdam. Customers can do this using a single ticket for the entire trip and checking baggage on to the final destination. Members of Flying Blue, Air France and KLM's frequent-flyer program, can collect and redeem miles on all of Copa's flights.
Air France and KLM offer three destinations for the price of one in Costa Rica
One of the major advantages that the Air France-KLM group offers is the combination of prices between both airlines. This benefit gives their customers the unique ability to access both airlines when traveling. That means that a traveler can leave San José to any destination in the world with Air France and return with KLM, or vice versa.
Furthermore, for travelers going beyond Paris or Amsterdam, Air France and KLM are offering the option to enjoy three destinations for the price of a single trip by stopping in either or both of the two cities on the initial or return trip. So, a traveler leaving San José with KLM and traveling via Amsterdam-Shiphol can stay in the Dutch capital for a few days and then continue their trip to their final destination. Then, on their way back, they can travel with Air France via Paris-Charles de Gaulle and take advantage of the trip to visit the French capital. Three destinations for the price of one, in the same trip!