• Jake Hubbell, a 26-years-old passenger who is visiting Costa Rica for a friend’s wedding in Guanacaste.
  • Terminal celebrates 10 years of concession with historical number of visitors. 

This Wednesday was a historic day for Guanacaste Airport as it celebrated the arrival of the 10 millionth passenger since the terminal opened in 2012. The lucky tourist was 26- year-old Jake Hubbell from Colorado. He had booked this date well in advance, as he had scheduled it for his best friend’s wedding. He arrived on American Airlines flight 1377 from Miami, at 11:13 a.m.

Upon the arrival of the flight, passengers were greeted with a celebration that included live marimba music and royalties. The winner was randomly selected through an electronic raffle among the 116 people who boarded the aircraft. The 10 millionth passenger received various gifts, including a plane ticket to Guanacaste for two with American Airlines. “I am very surprised; it was totally unexpected. I knew that Costa Rica was very welcoming, but I did not imagine that so much”, said Hubbell.

Guanacaste Airport, a member of VINCI Airports, continues to consolidate its traffic recovery. Migration data reflect historical milestones since the high season has managed to continue throughout these last months, even surpassing pre-pandemic levels in July. In less than a year, the airport received more than one million passengers. The airport received the 9 millionth passenger in January.

The concession has been in operation since 2012. Four years later, the milestone of 1 million annual passengers was surpassed, ending the year with 1,182,123 passengers. Since then, the passenger record shows the evolution until reaching 10 million passengers in transit (entering and leaving) of international and local flights:

Passengers Milestone Month / Year
1 million April 2013
2 million October 2014
3 million December 2015
4 million October 2016
5 million August 2017
6 million August 2018
7 million April 2019
8 million March 2020
9 million January 2022
10 million August 2022

Source: Coriport

Guanacaste Airport receives 15 international airlines and one domestic airline that operates to 23 international destinations. This province offers the beauty of beaches, volcanoes, flatlands, and a rich culture, including the gastronomic offer. All of this makes it a multi-destination and a total destination for vacationers.

“The news of the 10 millionth passenger is a source of joy for all of us. We celebrate the trust that airlines and passengers have placed in Guanacaste, which has allowed us to recover and exceed traffic rates in just 7 months. We know that this historical milestone entails a great responsibility in promoting positive mobility and maintaining service quality standards,” said César Jaramillo, Guanacaste Airport CEO.

“The success of the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, Guanacaste Airport, is accompanied by the high interest of tourists in the multiple attractions of Guanacaste, as well as the country’s international positioning and joint public-private efforts to attract airlines to Costa Rica. It is an airport that people appreciate, just as they appreciate Guanacaste, where tourists want to visit to enjoy the beauties, gastronomy, customs and culture of the province and nearby regions, generating activation of the economy, linkages and tourism employment,” mentioned Carolina Trejos, ICT Marketing Director.

“We are proud to welcome the 10 millionth passenger from Miami to Liberia on American,” said Rafael Sánchez, Regional Operations Manager for American in Central America. “American has an 18-year commitment in Guanacaste and a 35-year history in Costa Rica, and we will continue betting on this market.”


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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