UAE Signs Open Skies Air Services Agreement with Costa Rica
The United Arab Emirates represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority signed an Open Skies agreement with Costa Rica on the 22nd September 2011.
This agreement will allow any number of designated airlines from both countries to perform scheduled flights. The announcement has been welcomed by the Costa Rica luxury tourism sector as Emirates Airlines, one of the world’s most esteemed airlines, has been included in the agreement.
UAE begins unrestricted scheduled Costa Rica flights
Costa Rica is one of the world’s most popular luxury vacation destinations. In the first six months of 2011 Costa Rica registered an increase of 6.5% in tourism arrival figures. The open skies agreement demonstrates the UAE’s desire to capitalize on the Costa Rica’s flourishing tourism industry.
Emirates Airlines, Airline of the Year 2011
Operating over 2,400 passenger flights per week, Emirates Airlines is the largest and most highly esteemed airline in the Middle East. In February 2011, Air Transport World awarded Emirates Airlines the title of Airline of the Year for 2011. This recognition was given based the airlines commitment to safety and operational excellence, customer service trendsetters, financial condition including a 22-year consecutive annual profit.
In 2010 Emirates Airlines was one of a select few airlines that began offering private rooms on their flights. Aimed at businessmen, sportsmen, celebrities and couples on their honeymoon, they come complete with 6ft 7ins bed, leather interior, wash unit and room service.
It is clear that that the UAE recognize Costa Rica’s growing tourism industry and it is evident there is a demand for increased frequency of flights to this popular beach and sun vacation destination.
Costa Rica flights: full flexibility on routes, capacity and frequency.
Other UAE airlines included in the agreement are Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, RAK Airways and FlyDubai as well as UAE national airlines. The alliance permits full flexibility on routes, capacity, number of frequencies, types of aircraft and type of service (passenger or cargo).
Both Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose and Liberia International Airport in Guanacaste have been included in the open skies agreement.