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Tico Times #TBT: Pan Am ceases flights to Costa Rica

January 30, 2019

Pan American World Airways, once one of the most recognized names in the sky, made Costa Rica one of its first international destinations.

A Pan Am route map for its Flying Clipper Ships cited “beautiful girls galore” in Costa Rica (and also wild orchids).

Pan American Flying Clipper route map. (Via David Rumsey Map Collection.)

Financial struggles forced Pan Am to cut several routes as a cost-cutting measure, and the airline ceased operations for good in 1991.


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