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It’s official: United Airlines expanding routes to Costa Rica during U.S. summer

It's official: United Airlines expanding routes to Costa Rica during U.S. summer

Photo: courtesy of Costa Rica Tourism Institute.

According to The Points Guy, the Chicago-based airline is adding “flights to nearly every destination it serves in Mexico, as well as some in the Caribbean and Central America.”

“One of the bright spots in the region is Costa Rica, where United [is] adding 112 flights, including extending the season for some routes, such as Denver (DEN) to San José (SJO),” Zach Griff of The Points Guy notes.

The Costa Rica route increases for June 2021 are as follows:

Denver to Liberia, Guanacaste (LIR): From 1x to 3x weekly.

Denver to the San José area (SJO): Schedule extended through the summer.

New York City (EWR) to LIR: From 2x to 3x weekly.

Chicago (ORD) to SJO: Schedule extended through the summer.

None of these routes are new for United Airlines. Rather, the carrier is increasing the frequency of some routes and extending the duration of seasonal service.

Costa Rica Wildlife
“Industry experts are predicting a massive pent-up demand for travel, especially from leisure and VFR (visiting friends and relatives) traffic,” The Points Guy says. “United’s latest move is seemingly reacting to the news that the first major wave of mid-pandemic travel might be on the horizon.”

Costa Rica fully reopened its air borders to tourists on November 1, 2020. It requires that visitors purchase travel health insurance. Tourists do not need to quarantine on arrival or bring proof of a negative coronavirus test.

Source: The Tico Times

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