Air Berlin has begun offering flights to Costa Rica. Â In light of the countryâ€™s growing popularity as a tropical vacation destination, the German airline announced that it will include Costa Rica in its flight itinerary for 2011-2012.
Fly from Dusseldorf to Liberia Airport in Guanacaste.
The first flight is scheduled for departure on the 12th of November 2011, leaving from Dusseldorf, Germany and arriving at Liberia International Airport in the province of Guanacaste. The Air Berlin flight will include a layover in Cancun, Mexico. An airbus 330-200 with a total capacity of 255 passengers will be used for this transatlantic flight to Costa Rica, which is programmed to fly every consecutive Saturday. This is the first time that Air Berlin has offered this flight to Liberia Costa Rica. Connecting flights are also available from the German cities of Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich.
Costa Rica opening new tourism markets in Europe
The Minister of Tourism, Allan Flores, said that this announcement comes after the success of the Costa Rican tourism exhibition that took place in Berlin in March.Â â€ś We are enthusiastically celebrating this new connection with Europe, one of the most important target markets for the country, which will allow us to Â strengthen links with this destination, open new markets and Â promote our countryâ€™s tourist activity,â€ť Â explained Flores.
More Germans visit Costa Rica than the Spanish
In terms of European arrivals to Costa Rica, Germany has the second highest number of visitors to Costa Rica.
Furthermore, figures released by the Costa Rica Tourism Institute (I.C.T) reveal that more Germans enjoy Costa Rica vacations than the Spanish.
A total of 44,539 Germans visited Costa Rica in 2010. â€śThis flight represents the first route between Liberia, Costa Rica and Germany and it will generate an important increase of German tourists with recorded stays of 18 nights in the country. It will not only be beneficial for Guanacaste, but also the rest of the country.â€ť
Air Berlin offers flights to Costa Rica
Air Berlin is the second largest airline in Germany, with a fleet of 150 planes with an average age of five years.Â Recognized as the newest fleet in Europe, the airline flies to 163 destinations in 39 countries. In 2010, 33.6 million passengers travelled with Air Berlin.