• Guanacaste Airport, powered by VINCI Airports, is one of the airports with the best traffic recovery in the region within its category of less than 2 million per year. 
  • During 2021, all U.S., Canadian and European airlines that operated in the pre-pandemic era were recovered; in addition, seven new routes and two new airlines were inaugurated.

Friday, January 07, 2022 – Today marks the arrival of the 9 millionth passenger landed since the inauguration of the new Guanacaste Airport terminal. Everything was prepared to welcome it along with the airport community. 

At 12:50 p.m., the Delta 1898 flight arrived from Atlanta, Georgia. Upon the deplaning, passengers were greeted by live music and airport authorities. The lucky winner was Carla Willitz, from Utah, who received a gift bag made of national products and preferential access to the VIP Lounge when departing. 

The passenger, who traveled with her husband and 4 children said “I feel very happy and lucky! It is fun to get out of the plane and being the 9 millionth passenger. It is not my first time in Guanacaste. We love it here; it is beautiful, and we love to surf. We just keep coming back because it is so wonderful”.

After the work carried out jointly with the authorities, the private sector, and Guanacaste Airport, since October all the routes and airlines that operated during the pre-pandemic season from the United States, Canada and Europe were recovered. In addition, during 2021, seven new routes and two new airlines were added.

This is how Guanacaste Airport, powered by VINCI Airports, consolidates its position as one of best traffic recovery airport in the region, within its category of less than 2 million passengers per year. 

“This is a celebration for all our strategic partners: Government, airlines, hotels and businesses of all kinds. Our actions demonstrate the dedication of each of the 1400 people who work at Guanacaste Airport to make the best and safest service. VINCI Airports, a leader in connectivity, promotes positive mobility, which is reflected in the preference of passengers for an attractive, safe and healthy destination,” said César Jaramillo, Guanacaste Airport CEO.

Guanacaste Airport is currently served by 15 airlines with connections to 23 destinations in the United States, Canada, and Europe. 


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 ground facilities of Guanacaste Airport. Under its administration, the airport 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.

About VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports, the world’s leading private airport operator, manages 46 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 bringing its investment capacity and know-how in terms of optimizing operational performance, modernizing infrastructure, and deploying its environmental transition. In 2016, VINCI Airports was the first airport operator to commit to implementing an international environmental strategy, to achieve the goal of zero net emissions across its network by 2050.

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