Edelweiss airline expands Latin America network with launch of San Jose-Zurich route

Published on : Thursday, June 23, 2016

Edelweiss airlineWith the upcoming launch of flights on the new Costa Rica-Switzerland route, Edelweiss airline, the leading holiday airline in Switzerland, continues to expand its network to Latin America. The airline will launch the new route from May 9, 2017 and offer regular flights all year round from San Jose to Zurich.

Airbus A340-300 aircraft will fly twice a week between Zurich and San Jose, directly connecting the two countries. The new connection will allow Swiss and European visitors come to Costa Rica in a very comfortable way.

“Costa Rica is a very popular destination for Swiss tourists,” said Bernd Bauer, CEO of Edelweiss. “The Swiss travelers generally stay more days and spend more money on vacations than visitors from other countries. Our flight will bring about 27,000 tourists to Costa Rica each year, creating an economic impact of $ 80 million annually.”

The flight not only opens Costa Rica to Swiss and European travelers but also offers an option of traveling nonstop for Costa Ricans wishing to travel to the heart of Europe.

“We are delighted to welcome an airline of Lufthansa Group as Edelweiss in Costa Rica. A few months ago we were announcing the new flight between Panama and Frankfurt, and today we have again good news for Central America, “said Felipe Bonifatti, General Manager for Central America and the Caribbean Lufthansa.

Luis Guillermo Solís, President of the Republic said that with this important announcement, Costa Rica strengthens its image in the world as a highly competitive destination which is in high demand.

“For the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica is an honor Edelweiss, the holiday airline leader in Switzerland and belonging to the Lufthansa Group, has entrusted our country, to create this new direct connection between Zurich and San Jose, which reinforces our positioning on the European continent, “Solis said.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Ventura, Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica, said that the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has been carrying out intensive work to attract airlines that connect to major tourist source markets.

Almost 400 thousand people from Europe entered the country by all ports in 2015 and a figure of over 300,000 Europeans who entered Costa Rica by air was recorded.


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