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Iberia Contemplates New San José Hub

March 12, 2004

SPANISH Airline Iberia is considering transferring its Latin American hub from Miami to JuanSantamaríaInternationalAirport as a result of the strict security measures being applied at U.S. airports, the daily La Nación reported.

According to Iberia Director Angel Mullor, the new anti-terrorism measures have caused great discomfort to the airline’s passengers.

The airline is currently evaluating Cancún, Mexico, Panama City and San José as possible locations for its new hub.

“Our situation in Miami is hard to sustain,” Mullor said. “We are facing many problems and are receiving many complaints from our travelers.”

In recent years, Costa Rica has become one of the region’s top tourist destinations, receiving more than one million of tourists a year.

Last year, the Costa Rican tourism industry generated more than $1 billion a year in tourism revenues. The country receives 332 flights from 20 different airlines, according to the Civil Aviation Authority.

 

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