More than 32,000 reservations were made in the season for 2016-2017, the average flight occupancy was around 80 percent, and the Air France flights have increased the tourism in Costa Rica about 14 percent. As the Costa Rica Tourism Institute (ICT) said, that the new flights should give bigger numbers than those mentioned in this article.
The ICT, in response to the statement, gave credit to the airline’s news for a marketing campaign to get a better position for Costa Rica as a tourist destination for Europeans.
The Tourism Minister, Mauricio Ventura, said it was a great decision; “Historically we have depended on the United States as our natural market; however, it is essential that Costa Rica takes advantage of its potential and image to strengthen its position in Europe. We must put the accelerator on if we are to compete in the world in tourism.”
The airline will continue to use a Boeing 777-300, which has a capacity of 468 seats, being the largest aircraft that has arrived in Costa Rica, as announce by the ICT. The flight departs from the airport Charles de Gaulle in Paris and will arrive at the Juan Santamaría International Airport in the province of Alajuela, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
Hermes Navarro, the airline marketer for the ICT, said that this increase in the operations of Air France would also include an extension in season dates. The flights will operate from October the 28th of 2017, to April 30 in 2018. The increase will considerably boost the seats available on the route.
Ventura also mentions that the additional Air France flights will stimulate tourism and promote cultural exchange, as well as benefit the foreign trade.
The minister also added that for the first time in Costa Rica, we would have a public relations agency in the European market, which allows the ICT to research strategies to improve the presence in Costa Rica of the four main tourism markets: Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, and France.