British Airways has announced the forthcoming addition of a new route from London to Costa Rica. The route from London’s Gatwick Airport to the Central American nation is scheduled for take off on 4 May 2016.
BA’s commercial director at Gatwick, Colm Lacy, said the new destination would offer Britons an easy way of getting to the jungles and beaches of Costa Rica. He explained the country was renowned for its beautiful flora and fauna as well as majestic volcanic peaks and virgin rainforest.
He continued by saying that as if that wasn’t enough, marvellous beaches and gourmet coffee were other incentives to book a Costa Rican sojourn. As a codicil, Mr Lacy stated he was of the opinion the new route would prove to be extremely popular.
The route will begin with twice weekly flights in each direction. Wednesday flights will depart Gatwick at 11:55 and arrive at Santamaría Airport in San Jose at 15:45 local time. Flight times are 10 hours 50 minutes. Saturday services depart 55 minutes earlier with arrival times adjusted accordingly.
BA says the service frequency will increase to three times weekly for the winter season of 2016. Flights will then operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and provisional departure times are similar to the summer schedule but take 30 minutes longer to get there.
Costa Rican tourism minister Mauricio Ventura said the number of visitors from the UK had increased significantly recently. He said that in the past year the number had shot up by almost 13 per cent. The minister commented that tourists from the UK usually spent two weeks in-country and were a valuable source of income for the national economy.