Costa Rica flight/airline information update: Latest weekly update for flights and airlines flying into into Costa Rica during the coronavirus pandemic as of December 2, 2020.
The first Iberia flight from Madrid arrived on August 3. Since then, Aeromexico, Alaska, Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, Avianca, Copa, Delta, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, Spirit, United, and Volaris have also restarted operations. Domestic airline Sansa is also flying again. You’ll see these airlines in bold. We’ll keep updating this list on a weekly basis until everything is in bold.
No changes since last week. KLM restarted their route between San Jose and Amsterdam, and Volaris began flying between San Jose and Cancun.
At this stage, most airlines either have their restart dates fixed or they’re holding off until things clear up regarding potential further lockdowns in Europe and/or North America. To check the situation in North America and Europe, please visit this article to get a gauge on how flights to/from these countries and states may play out. It’s possible that positive news regarding vaccine rollouts may start moving things forward again in the coming weeks.
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Please find below the latest Costa Rica flight information as of December 2, 2020.
Aeroméxico: San Jose (SJO) operations resumed October 18 to/from Mexico City.
Air Canada: San Jose (SJO) operations resumed November 3 to/from Toronto.
Air France: San Jose (SJO) operations resumed October 31 to/from Paris.
Air Transat: All operations suspended until further notice.
Alaska: San Jose (SJO) operations resume November 20 to/from Los Angeles.
Albatros Airlines: All operations suspended until further notice.
American Airlines: San Jose (SJO) operations resumed September 9 to/from Dallas and Miami. Liberia (LIR) operations resumed in October to/from Miami and Dallas.
Avianca: San Jose (SJO) operations resumed November 1 to/from San Salvador and Bogota.
British Airways: Operations to resume in 2021.
Condor: Information still pending from the airline.
Costa Rica Green Airways (domestic airline): Available for private charter internal charter flights.
Copa Airlines: San Jose (SJO) operations resumed September 10 to/from Panama City and November 23 to/from Guatemala City.
Delta Airlines: San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR) operations resumed November 2 to/from Atlanta. SJO operations to resume December 17 to/from Los Angeles. LIR operations to resume December 19 to/from Los Angeles and Minneapolis.
Edelweiss: Operations to resume in 2021.
Iberia: San Jose (SJO) operations resumed August 3.
Interjet: Information still pending from the airline.
JetBlue: San Jose (SJO) operations resumed November 1 to/from Fort Lauderdale, November 4 to/from Orlando, and November 20 to/from New York. San Jose operations to resume December 18 to/from Los Angeles. Liberia (LIR) operations to/from New York resumed November 7 and will resume services to/from Los Angeles starting December 18.
KLM: San Jose (SJO) operations resumed November 26 to/from Amsterdam.
Latam: Operations to resume in 2021.
Lufthansa: San Jose (SJO) operations resumed August 5.
Sansa (domestic airline): Local operations have returned.
Skyway (domestic airline): Information still pending from airline.
Southwest: Operations to resume in 2021.
Spirit: Operations resumed in September between San Jose (SJO) and Fort Lauderdale.
United: San Jose (SJO) operations resumed September 3 to/from Newark, September 13 to/from Houston, and November 7 to/from Chicago. Flights between Liberia (LIR) and Newark and Houston resumed in September. San Jose operations to resume December 19 to/from Denver, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. LIR operations to/from Denver to resume November 7, Chicago on December 19, and Los Angeles on January 8.
Volaris: San Jose (SJO) operations resumed October 29 to/from Mexico City (via Guatemala City) and November 26 to/from Cancun.
WestJet: Information still pending from the airline.
Wingo: San Jose (SJO) operations to resume December 4 to/from Bogota.
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.
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.
James Dyde is the editor of centralamerica.com. He lives in Escazu, Costa Rica.