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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and the Directorate General of Immigration (DGME) reported that in the first two months of 2014 there were 545,117 tourists through all ports, 36,110 more than in January and February last year.

    Allan Flores, Minister of Tourism, said the outcome was tied to a stake in the Chinchilla administration to create a policy of attracting new airlines, bringing in companies such as Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue , Interjet, Aeromexico, United Airlines and Delta in the country.

    Indeed, the air arrivals were the most increased with 9% more visitors in the first two months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. This is the greatest increase over the last four years.

    The main route of entry into Costa Rica is still by air through the Juan Santamaria airport in Alajuela, and Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia, Guanacaste. In January and February this year they reported 351,177 air arrivals.  Of these, 265,838 of were through Juan Santamaría and Daniel Oduber had 84,879 tourists.

    The Liberian airport has also become a hub for the Americas with flights arriving from Panama to twice a week, which opens up the possibility of interconnecting nearly 70 destinations operated by Copa Airlines.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

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