Frontier Airlines makes long-awaited return to Costa Rica

That news and more in today's Costa Rica Daily.

Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines has returned to Costa Rica after several years’ absence.

Traditional music and dancers greeted the 130 passengers aboard the first Frontier flight that arrived yesterday to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) from Orlando. Today, a route from Miami begins.

The new routes to Costa Rica operate follows:

  • Miami (MIA) to SJO: 2x weekly on Mondays and Fridays.

  • Orlando (MCO) to SJO: 2x weekly on Thursdays and Sundays.

“Frontier’s return to Costa Rica with the inauguration of two new routes — Miami and Orlando to San José — is very encouraging because they are two key markets for attracting international tourists to our country and also for outbound tourism, since the state of Florida is in great demand by Costa Ricans,” said Gustavo Segura, Costa Rica’s Tourism Minister.

As a low-cost carrier, many amenities on Frontier — such as seat selection and a carry-on bag — cost extra. But hey, more flight options to Costa Rica is never a bad thing!

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Here’s what else you need to know today

  • The Legislative Assembly approved, in a first debate, the $1.778 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It must pass a second vote by the same lawmaking body. That’s scheduled for July 12.

  • Not to be outdone by Frontier, Avianca this week also launched a nonstop flight from Miami. Competition is stiff between Costa Rica and South Florida: American, Avianca, Frontier, JetBlue and Spirit all offer routes to either Miami or Ft. Lauderdale (FLL).

  • Costa Rica’s urban electric train project will receive financing from the Green Climate Fund, part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The train will help Costa Rica decarbonize and will provide high-quality public transportation, its supporters say.

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