Weekly Costa Rica Flight/Airline Update (October 7, 2020)

Oct 07, 2020

Costa Rica flight information update: Latest weekly update for flight/airline info into and out of Costa Rica during the coronavirus pandemic as of October 7, 2020.

The first Iberia flight from Madrid arrived on August 3. Since then, that airline, Lufthansa, United Airlines, American Airlines, and Copa have also restarted operations, albeit limited.  You’ll see these airlines in bold. We’ll keep updating this list on a weekly basis until everything is in bold.

JetBlue, KLM, and Spirit have all made changes since last week. JetBlue has confirmed its restart dates to/from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, while KLM has cancelled its planned late-October restart.  Spirit has switched its restart date to November 1 to/from Orlando.

As the US states of Texas, Georgia, and Florida become eligible to enter Costa Rica on October 15 and the rest of the country follows on November 1, we expect to see more airlines confirming their restarts as we go into the high season.

Please find below the official Costa Rica flight information as of October 7, 2020.

Aeroméxico: San Jose (SJO) operations to resume on October 18 to/from Mexico City. 

Air Canada: San Jose (SJO) operations to resume on November 3 to/from Toronto. 

Air France: San Jose (SJO) operations to resume on October 31 to/from Paris. 

Air Panama: All operations suspended until further notice.

Air Transat: All operations suspended until further notice.

Alaska: San Jose (SJO) operations to resume on November 19 to/from Los Angeles.

Albatros Airlines: All operations suspended until further notice.

American Airlines: San Jose (SJO) operations have resumed as of September 9 to/from Dallas and Miami. Liberia (LIR) operations to resume October 8 to/from Miami.

Avianca: Information still pending from the airline.  

British Airways: San Jose (SJO) operations to resume on November 1 to/from London.

Condor: Information still pending from the airline.

Costa Rica Green Airways (domestic airline): Available for private charter internal charter flights.

Copa Airlines: San Jose operations have resumed as of September 10 to/from Panama City. 

Delta Airlines: Information still pending from the airline. 

Edelweiss: San Jose (SJO) operations to resume on October 30 to/from Zurich.

Iberia: San Jose (SJO) operations have resumed as of August 3. Iberia will be flying to Costa Rica from Madrid (MAD) on Mondays and Fridays (returning SJO to MAD on Tuesdays and Saturdays) for the time being. 

Interjet: Information still pending from the airline.

JetBlue: San Jose (SJO) operations to resume on October 25 to/from New York, November 1, to/from Fort Lauderdale, and November 4 to/from Orlando.

KLM: San Jose operations to resume on October 27 to/from Amsterdam. 

Latam: Information still pending from airline.

Lufthansa: San Jose (SJO) operations have resumed as of  Wednesday, August 5. Lufthansa will be flying to Costa Rica from Frankfurt (FRA) on Wednesdays and Saturdays (returning SJO to FRA on Wednesdays and Saturdays) for the time being.

Sansa (domestic airline): Charter flights now available.

Skyway (domestic airline): Information still pending from airline.

Southwest: Operations to resume in 2021.

Spirit: San Jose (SJO) operations to resume November 1 to/from Orlando. 

United: San Jose (SJO) operations have resumed as of September 3 to/from Newark and as of September 13 to/from Houston. Thrice-weekly flights (Thursday/Saturday/Sunday) between Liberia (LIR) and Newark have resumed as of September 5.

Volaris: Information still pending from the airline.

WestJet: All operations suspended until further notice.

Wingo: Information still pending from the airline.

All passengers should contact their airlines directly through their own official channels. You’ll find their Costa Rican telephone numbers here on the Juan Santamaria Airport website. Any of the flights listed above are subject to last minute cancellation or change. 

Passengers traveling with United should be aware that last week airline staff in Newark and Houston were misinterpreting the rules regarding the 72-hour turnaround COVID-19 test. We haven’t heard of any more cases of this happening since last week so it looks like they’ve cleared this up. Still, it’s something to be aware of.

The current COVID-19 pandemic is ever-changing and flight info will change all the time. We’ll keep this list updated as things change. Freight operations into and out of Costa Rica remain unchanged.

James Dyde is the editor of centralamerica.com. He lives in Escazu, Costa Rica.