$10.3 Million Dollar Expansion: Diversifying Liberia Airport’s Tourism Market
A hefty $10.3 million-dollar expansion of Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia began last year, with the expectation to increase the airport’s yearly capacity by 300,000, as plans for new flight options are in place.
President Carlos Alvarado and the Minister of Tourism, Maria Amalia Revelo attended the official Liberia Airport expansion inauguration, joining representatives of the Inter-American Investment Corporation and the airport’s administrators.
“We recognize tourism as the motor of the national economy and its multiplying effect to improve the quality of life of thousands of Costa Ricans,” President Alvarado commented.
The extensive 48,814 square foot airport expansion includes greater boarding gates, larger main lobby, more check-in counters, additional stores and a new baggage carousel with intentions to add greater amounts of airline flights into Liberia Airport.
“We are adding efforts to diversify the market of flights to Liberia, an objective we have been working on along with the airport’s concessionaire and the Guanacaste Chamber of Tourism,” Revelo stated.
Brand New Liberia Flights from Mexico and Canada
The Costa Rica Tourism Board announced two new airline flights into Liberia: Aeromexico and Sunwing. Aeromexico will offer service between Mexico City and Liberia with plans to begin November 10, 2018 with two flights per week. Sunwing will offer a route from Vancouver, Canada to Liberia, Guanacaste starting December 23, 2018. Additionally, United (from Houston) and Air Canada (from Montreal and Toronto) plan to increase the frequency of their flights into Guanacaste later this year.
Currently 72.7% of the travelers enter Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber Airport originating from the United States, but with the airport’s grand expansion, the country hopes to bring a wider variety of tourists from greater parts of the world to experience all Costa Rica has to offer.