• Guanacaste – Zurich route will operate from November 2nd on Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • Switzerland represented the seventh largest outbound market of tourists from Europe.

Guanacaste Airport, member of VINCI Airports, along with the Swiss airline Edelweiss Air announced an increase in the frequency of flights. The news is announced thanks to the work for the operational reinforcement of the 2022-2023 high season. 

Starting November 2nd, Edelweiss will operate two weekly flights- with a step over in San Jose- on Wednesdays and Sundays, on an Airbus A340-300 with a capacity of 334 seats at the following times:

Wednesday  04:45 pm Arrival in Guanacaste (LIR)

05:55 pm Departure to Zurich (ZRH)

Sunday 09:15 pm Arrival Guanacaste (LIR)

10:25 pm Departure to Zurich (ZRH)

Edelweiss landed for the first time in Guanacaste on Sunday, November 28th, 2021.

According to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, Switzerland represented the seventh largest outbound market of tourists from Europe prior to the onset of the pandemic.

“This frequency increase by Edelweiss shows us that not only the growth of the Costa Rica continues, but also the recognition of Guanacaste in Europe. The success of the Zurich-Guanacaste route shows the strength of this province in national tourism. It is our wish -and we are constantly working on it- to achieve more connections between Europe and Daniel Oduber Airport” stated Hermes Navarro, head of ICT Investment Attraction.

Also, from the most recent characterization of this market and its travelers, developed by the ICT (2020), their average stay exceeds 18 nights, and they enjoy a variety of activities such as enjoying the sun and beach (87%), hiking trails (74%), observing flora and fauna (66%), enjoying local cuisine (67%), visiting volcanoes (55%), surfing (40%) and living the experience of a canopy (33%).

“This is the result of the constant interdisciplinary work of our team at Guanacaste Airport, VINCI Airports and the support of the ICT.  We receive this news with great joy. 2022 has been a very positive year, with a clear economic recovery and historic milestones for the airport. We have high expectations for the beginning and end of the year. In addition to the increased frequency of Edelweiss, we have the announcement of the new Frontier route from Atlanta, starting on December 17th” said César Jaramillo, Guanacaste Airport CEO.

For his part, Bern Bauer, CEO of Edelweiss stated that “The route to Liberia (Guanacaste) has developed excellently since our first flight in November 2021. Costa Rica is a very popular holiday destination among the Swiss and we are seeing an increase in demand. The second weekly flight in combination with San José opens up even more flexible options for our guests to travel to Costa Rica.” 


We are the concessionaire of the Costa Rican State since 2010 for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the new passenger terminal and associated land facilities of the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport. Under its administration it is managed with 5-star Blue Flag, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 standards, in addition to being the first carbon neutral terminal in the region. LIR has been awarded for fourth consecutive years the Customer Service Quality (ASQ) award in Latin America and the Caribbean in the category of less than two million passengers per year.

About VINCI Airports  

The world’s leading private airport operator, VINCI Airports operates 53 airports in 12 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Thanks to its expertise as a global integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and manages airports by providing its investment capacity and its know-how in optimizing operational performance, modernizing infrastructures and managing their operations. environmental transition. VINCI Airports is the first airport operator to have committed to a global international environmental strategy in 2016, to achieve the goal of net zero emission across its entire network by 2050.

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