The Royal Dutch Airlines, KLM, announced they will start flying directly to Costa Rica later this year. Two weekly direct flights connecting Amsterdam and San José, Costa Rica will be served by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the most modern aircraft in the KLM fleet, said the airline.
The flights will operate from October 31, 2017 until March, for the duration of Europe’s winter season.
President of the Republic of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera expressed satisfaction with the news pointing to the many benefits generated by this new direct route, not only for tourism, but for exporters and other sectors linked to foreign trade.
“Currently KLM brings a large number of passengers to Costa Rica through Panama. The growing interest of the European market in this beautiful country convinced us to start a direct flight to San José,” said Pieter Elbers, President and CEO of KLM.
Mauricio Ventura, Minister of Tourism said KLM’s direct flight will offer another option for tourists in nearby countries of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom.
On other days, travelers will be able to use the KLM flight to Panama, which connects to San José via Copa Airlines.
The schedule for the Tuesday and Friday KLM flights is as follows:
Leaving Amsterdam – Schiphol at 3:25 p.m. Arriving in San José at 8:05 p.m.
Leaving San José at 10:05 p.m. Arrive in Amsterdam – Schiphol at 3:10 p.m. the next day.
Tickets can be booked starting tomorrow through www.klm.com.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, has a 294-passenger capacity with 30 seats in world business class, 219 in economy, and 45 in economy comfort. The plane consumes 20 percent less fuel and produces 20 percent fewer C02 emissions than KLM’s other planes.
KLM is a partner of the SkyTeam alliance, which brings together 20 airlines, offering access to a worldwide network of more than 16,323 daily flights to 1,052 destinations in 177 countries. Flying Blue, the Group’s frequent flyer program, has more than 27 million members.