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Southwest Airlines Inaugurates Direct Route from Costa Rica to Orlando

Southwest Airlines inaugurated a new direct route between Juan Santamaría International Airport in Costa Rica and Orlando International Airport in the United States. This daily route enhances connectivity and boosts cultural, economic, and tourism exchange between the two countries. Southwest now offers non-stop flights from San José to Denver, Houston, Orlando, and Baltimore/Washington DC.

The route is expected to increase visitor flow, with Costa Rica’s natural beauty and sustainable tourism attracting international tourists. Southwest Airlines is noted for its generous baggage policy, no change or cancellation fees, free in-flight entertainment, and other amenities. William Rodriguez, Minister of Tourism, emphasized the mutual benefits of this new route for both Costa Ricans and U.S. citizens.

New Accessible Beach in Costa Rica

Costa Rica now boasts a new accessible beach at Ventanas Beach in Osa, thanks to the collaboration of the Costa Rican Accessible Tourism Network, the Ojochal Development Association, and Grupo Monge. The beach has been equipped with modular, long-lasting walkways and an amphibious chair designed for people with disabilities, reduced mobility, and senior citizens.

The walkways are 33 meters long, and the chair, made from recycled plastic, can support up to 90 kg. This project, costing $6,300 USD, was funded by the DONATAPA campaign, which collects plastic caps to promote environmental awareness and accessibility. Since 2021, over 10 tons of plastic caps have been used to create accessibility features on various beaches, benefiting numerous individuals and promoting universal design.

The Unsung Heroes of Costa Rica’s Agricultural Success

Costa Rica’s agricultural sector has significantly benefited from Syngenta’s innovative project, Operation Pollinator. This initiative has positively impacted melon and coffee crops by enhancing biodiversity and crop efficiency, leading to favorable economic and environmental outcomes.

Established over 18 years ago and active in 48 countries, the project promotes pollinating insect populations through the creation of specific habitats in cultivated areas. This approach has increased the presence of pollinators and beneficial arthropods, improving crop quality and pest control. In 2023, the program covered over 50,000 hectares, contributing to biodiversity conservation and the sustainability of agricultural ecosystems.

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