JetBlue Airways is planning to operate four weekly nonstop flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Liberia, Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) from November 17, 2011, subject to government approval.
Liberia, on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast in Guanacaste province, will be JetBlue’s second destination in Costa Rica. JetBlue Airways already serves San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) daily from Orlando International (MCO).
To mark the launch of its 70th destination, JetBlue is offering one-way fares from $139 plus taxes available for bookings through July 15 at www.jetblue.com/new for travel between November 17, 2011 and February 14, 2012.
The President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, the nation’s Presidential Minister, Carlos Benavides, and the Minister of Tourism, Allan Flores, joined JetBlue officials in making this announcement on July 6 at the presidential palace in San Jose.
“We’re delighted to be adding Liberia to our growing list of destinations and giving our customers access to the breathtaking Guanacaste beaches and natural parks,” said Chad Meyerson, director of global sales for JetBlue Airways. “Costa Rica and its people have much to offer and have been a great partner since we started flying to San Jose more than two years ago. We’re happy to be able to strengthen that relationship today while expanding our footprint in Central America.”
“We are overjoyed that JetBlue has added Liberia to its list of destinations, giving U.S. travelers even greater access to Costa Rica,” said Allan Flores, Costa Rica Minister of Tourism. “This new route will allow U.S. travelers to have unprecedented access to Costa Rica’s Northwestern region rich with so many tourist offerings, particularly during the high-season months.”
In addition to this new nonstop service to Liberia from New York, customers in Boston, Buffalo, Rochester, or Burlington and other cities should find convenient connecting service via JFK on JetBlue. The airline also flies to Bogota in Colombia.
JetBlue’s proposed schedule between New York and Liberia will see its flight depart JFK at 9:40 a.m. on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays and arrive at LIR at 2:05 p.m., local time. In the other direction, JetBlue’s flight is timed to leave LIR at 3:00 p.m. and land at JFK at 9:00 p.m. local time.
The airline will operates its New York JFK-Liberia service with Airbus A320s.