Spirit Airlines to fly San José-Houston four times per week starting next year

November 17, 2014

The U.S. discount carrier Spirit Airlines said Monday it would open four weekly flights between San José and Houston beginning on May 28, 2015.

The airline plans to open the new route to Costa Rica as part of its expansion in Latin America, the company said. Flights will use an Airbus A319 and A320 with the capacity to accommodate 178 passengers.

Alberto López, general manager of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), said the carrier’s announcement is important for the country as it will be the first flight of a low-cost airline from the central region of the U.S. to Costa Rica.

“Texas is the third largest state where the best traveler prospects for our country live, which means its residents have a high interest in visiting or returning to Costa Rica. This new route and four weekly flights will increase the number of seats available and the number of tourists visiting our country,” López said on Monday evening.

ICT studies show that Texas has 2 million residents who could be considered as top prospects for tourism in the region.

“Texans are seasoned travelers with high income and higher education levels,” the ICT claims.

Official reports also state that during the first nine months of this year, some 740,000 U.S. travelers entered the country by air with a tourist visa. U.S. tourists who entered Costa Rica in 2013 remained on average 10.4 nights and spent an average of $1,232 during their stay.

Spirit’s announcement adds to five other airlines that have scheduled new flights to the country. AviancaAeroMéxicoJetBlueDelta and United will increase flights to the country’s two international airports, Juan Santamaría, outside the capital, and Daniel Oduber, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.

Last week, German carrier Condor started its third weekly flight to Costa Rica, and Cubana de Aviación on Sunday resumed nonstop flights to Cuba.

Thomson Airways and Southwest Airlines confirmed new flights in 2015, while Turkish Airlines and VivaColombia currently are in negotiations for opening routes to Costa Rica.

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