Air Transat launches expanded service between Canada and Costa Rica
Canadian airline Air Transat will connect both Liberia and San José with Vancouver starting Wednesday when it launches twice-weekly service between the three cities.
The seasonal route will last through April 25, 2020, as part of the leisure airline’s Mexican, Caribbean and Central American focus during Canadian winters.
Air Transat’s Airbus A321LR aircraft departed Vancouver (YVR) at 6:30 a.m. local time Wednesday and will land in Alajuela (SJO) at approximately 3:45 p.m. Following a one-hour layover, the flight will proceed to Liberia, Guanacaste (LIR) before returning to Vancouver.
The return flight will leave Costa Rica at 6:40 p.m. local time with a scheduled arrival in Vancouver at 12:20 a.m.
“Bringing our Airbus A321neoLRs into our fleet in winter 2019-2020 will give us greater flexibility, which will help us reinforce our leadership in Quebec, strengthen our presence in Ontario and return in force in the Canadian west,” said Annick Guérard, chief operating officer for Air Transat, when the route was announced earlier this year. “We will therefore be adding new destinations out of Vancouver, including Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as well as Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica.”
The triangle route is similar to KLM’s offering from Amsterdam to Liberia through San José.
“A new stage is opening for the coordinated operation of both international airports,” said María Amalia Revelo, Minister of Tourism. “The fact that Air Transat becomes the second airline offering a triangular flight to these two airports is an opportunity to multiply visitation, generate employment and continue to strengthen Costa Rica as a tourist destination.”
Air Transat also offers direct flights from Toronto (YYZ) and Montreal (YUL) to both of Costa Rica’s international airports. The Montreal-San José route is operated on behalf of Air Canada.
You may be interested
Costa Rica will ask U.S. to ‘reconsider’ Level 2 travel advisoryAlina Dieste / AFP - January 21, 2020
The State Department said Mike Pompeo's visit on Tuesday to Costa Rica will be the first of a U.S. secretary…
Pompeo will discuss Nicaraguan ‘authoritarianism crisis’ during visit to Costa RicaAlina Dieste / AFP - January 21, 2020
The head of US diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, will discuss on Tuesday what he described as a "crisis of authoritarianism" in…
Costa Rican health authorities plan precautions in response to Chinese coronavirusThe Tico Times - January 20, 2020
Put down that cerveza, because this Corona is a little more serious. Costa Rican health authorities joined an international chorus…