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Watch: KLM plane receives water-cannon salute in first flight to Liberia, Costa Rica

Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste has come a long way.

Less than two decades after it served fewer than 100,000 passengers a year, the Costa Rican airport now welcomes more than 1 million people annually. And Tuesday, it marked a new milestone when KLM’s flight 717 landed there at 8 p.m.

The arrival marked the inaugural flight to Liberia International Airport for KLM.

The plane, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, received a traditional water-cannon salute before stopping at its gate.

KLM, the world’s oldest operating airline and the flag-carrier airline of the Netherlands, announced the new route earlier this year. During the tourism high season, Costa Rica now receives KLM flights from Amsterdam-Schiphol on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The flight first lands at Juan Santamaría International Airport near San José before continuing to Guanacaste-Liberia. It then returns directly to Amsterdam — a route of more than 5,500 miles with a scheduled travel time of nearly 10 hours.

Passengers can fly to or from either Costa Rican airport on the same ticket, according to KLM.

“Guanacaste is the second-largest region of Costa Rica,” Pieter Elbers, KLM’s CEO, said at the time. “The region is known for its beautiful nature, which makes it a unique holiday destination in combination with San José. All this makes Guanacaste Liberia a valuable addition to our KLM network.”

 

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