- Daniel Oduber Airport will be the first in Latin America to receive this type of aircraft with 16 seats in business class.
- It will be the only regular flight with bed seats between Costa Rica and the United States
The exclusive JetBlue Airways MINT configuration aircraft will fly between New York and Guanacaste as of December 15, 2018, making Liberia the first city in Latin America to receive this aircraft.
The service will be provided with the new A321 JetBlue, which has 159 seats, including, for the first time in this route, 16 in business class type bus (bussiness flat), the only regular flight between Costa Rica and the United States with this feature. Currently, the route is served with an A320 airplane with 150 seats and no executive class.
The non-stop MINT flight between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia (LIR) will maintain the A320’s itinerary: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. This improvement is the result of the joint strategy of attracting airlines to Guanacaste from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (I.C.T), the airport administrator of Liberia, CORIPORT and the Guanacaste Tourism Chamber (CATURGUA).
“Adding MINT between these cities means that travelers on these routes can finally enjoy a first class flight experience,” said JetBlue executive marketing and planning VP Marty St.George. “When MINT was launched for the first time more than four years ago, we knew we had created an experience of unparalleled quality, but we could not have imagined that MINT would land on more than a dozen destinations in such a short time.”
The Minister of Tourism, María Amalia Revelo, applauded JetBlue’s decision to allocate a MINT flight to Costa Rica, offering travelers more convenience and thereby opening up new possibilities to attract tourists to Guanacaste.
“The MINT plane materializes the negotiations carried out for the benefit of Costa Rica, provides a personalized service to meet the needs of modern passengers and brings us closer to our main source of tourist market, a potential market of 24 million people”, highlighted Revelo.
The bed seats, an exclusive cocktail, a menu of tapas from the Saxon + Parole restaurant in New York, fresh espresso coffee from a cappuccino machine specially designed for this US airline, Hayward and Hopper essential kits, and handmade ice creams made in Some of the 12 MINT cities are the unique characteristics of this flight.
“Announcing the arrival of the JetBlue flight, in its MINT configuration, fills us with great joy. An Airbus A321 will fly to Liberia with its modified interior to offer a premium style that has motivated celebrities, technology executives, creatives and entrepreneurs to choose destinations like ours. With this flight we can announce that not only the number of passengers grows for the next high season, but also the profile of tourists who now have the option to visit us from one of the cities with the most air connections in the world “, affirmed the General Manager of CORIPORT, César Jaramillo.
CATURGUA also collaborated in the effort developed by the private sector and the Costa Rican public sector to attract this new service to the country, the first of its kind in all of Latin America. Guanacaste takes a step forward with the connection from New York and many other cities from there.
In 2017, 525,661 international arrivals were registered in Costa Rica at the Daniel Oduber airport, 74.7 percent from the United States of America. From January to May of the current year, 287,355 arrivals have been registered according to data from the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration processed by the I.C.T.
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