American Airlines launching Chicago to Costa Rica nonstop

American will have more flights to Costa Rica than ever before.

American Airlines in November will operate new nonstop flights between Chicago (ORD) and both of Costa Rica’s major international airports.

With 84 weekly flights from five destinations, American says it will offer more flights to Costa Rica than ever before in the airline’s history.

The Chicago flights to the San José area (SJO) will operate thrice weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving at 11 p.m. and returning to the U.S. the following morning.

The route to Guanacaste (LIR) will operate on Saturdays, arriving at 2:20 p.m. and departing for Chicago an hour later.

“These flights will strengthen the high season that traditionally begins in the third week of November and will connect us with a strategic focus for attracting tourism to Costa Rica from the city of Chicago,” said Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura.

“This is news that brings hope to the gradual process of recovery in the tourism sector.”

According to the Tourism Board (ICT), Chicago is the U.S. city with the fourth-most tourists who are interested in visiting Costa Rica. The new routes will also increase one-stop connectivity to Costa Rica, since O’Hare is a major international hub.

American will directly compete with United Airlines, which also offers nonstop service between Chicago and Costa Rica.

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