WestJet Flights to Liberia Costa Rica
It is now official. WestJet have flights from Toronto to Liberia. Flights will be twice per week on Mondays and Saturdays and are seasonal. For the 2012-2013 season they are scheduled for October 29, 2012 to April 27, 2013. Service is non-stop between YYZ and LIR.
Liberia's Daniel Oduber International Airport is located in the northwest of Costa Rica in the Guanacaste Province. It is the second largest airport in the country. This is the airport that WestJet Airlines is expected to fly to when it begins flights to Costa Rica.
It is the most convenient airport for air passengers to the country coming for popular beach destinations such as Playa Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo, Playa del Coco and most of the all-inclusive style resorts.
There are not as many International flights to Liberia Costa Rica as there are to the Juan Santamaria Airport which is located in the nation's capital, San Jose. For travellers to resort destinations in the Northwestern Pacific area of Costa Rica, WestJet flights to Liberia will really cut down on travel time within the country.Screenshot above is the announcement of new winter routes for 2012-2012 by WestJet, including Toronto, Canada to Liberia, Costa Rica.
WestJet Flights To Central America
In late 2009, WestJet announced new flights to Varadero, Cuba and St Maarten. When they made that announcement it was also stated that they would be adding more sun destinations. Since that time, the travel industry has been expecting new flights to Central America, particularly much touristed Costa Rica.
Now it appears that the time is close at hand to an announcement from WestJet regarding flights to Liberia, Costa Rica. The flights will most likely only be out of Toronto, Ontario. It is not expected that they will have any non-stop flights from other cities like Calgary or Vancouver BC.
About the Liberia International Airport
The Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airportairport is usually referred to more simply as the Liberia International Airport. The IATA airport code for the airport is LIR. It is named after a Costa Rican President who was in power from 1974 to 1978. The airport handles over 400,000 passengers per year.
It is a short drive to the town of Liberia from the airport. Taxi's wait out front of the entrance. It is about 12 to 15 minutes taxi ride to the center of town which is the Central Park.
From Liberia, it's not far to many of Costa Rica's Pacific Coast beach towns. You can reach Playa Hermosa and Playa del Coco in around 45 minutes from Liberia. (Note: Don't confuse Playa Hermosa in this part of the country with the popular surf beach Playa Hermosa which is located in the Central Pacific area of the country, near Jaco Beach. There are three Playa Hermosa's in the country.)
North American Airlines Flying To Liberia Costa Rica
As of 2011, the following airlines fly to Liberia from Canada and/or the USA:
- Air Canada
- Air Transat (seasonal)
- American Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Frontier (seasonal)
- JetBlue (new service to begin Nov 17, 2011 out of JFK)
- Miami Air (seasonal)
- Sun Country Airlines (seasonal)
- Sunwing Airlines
- Thomas Cook Canada (seasonal – operate by Jazz)
- USA 3000
- US Airways
Flights within Costa Rica
If you are wanting to fly from the airport to your ultimate destination in the country, the two airlines with flights within the country are Nature Air and Sansa.
Nature Air was the world's first carbon neutral airline. There planes have lovely large windows. Sansa has the largest network of flights within the country and is owned by TACA. Flights with Sansa or Nature Air are on small airplanes usually capable of handling up to 19 passengers, depending on the plane. This is a great way to get around the country with most flights only taking 25 to 45 minutes to get anywhere in the country.
Screenshot of a forum discussing flights to C.R. back in July 2009
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