Some 534,000 foreign visitors arrived at Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia during the first four months of this year, an increase of 30.5 percent compared to the same period last year, according to information released by Coriport, the company which manages the airport.
The significant increase represents the fastest growth in arrivals in the airport’s history, according to company officials.
If the trend continues, the growth in arrivals will far exceed expectations for this year. Airport officials in November of last year predicted that 2016 foreign arrivals would increase by 20 percent.
The increase in arrivals is in large part due to the arrival of a number of new airlines and routes serving the airport, which is situated less than a half-an-hour’s drive from the world-famous Guanacaste coastline. Alaska Airlines, Southwest, and the British vacation charter airline, Thomson have all helped to ferry new foreign arrivals to LIR this year.
“We’re seeing the result of a visionary strategy to attract new visitors and repeat visitors who see Liberia as a great destination, and the Daniel Oduber Quiros Airport as an excellent, safe gateway that is comfortable and quick,” Coriport’s Cesar Jaramillo said in a statement.