Liberia Costa Rica International Airport
The Daniel Oduber International Airport is located in Northern Costa Rica, in the province of Guanacaste. It is the second international airport in Costa Rica, the other one being the Santamaria Airport in San Jose The closest city to the Daniel Oduber airport is Liberia, the province’s capital. The Liberia Costa Rica airport is the ideal airport for visitors that are planning to explore and bask in the sunny and sandy beaches of Costa Rica’s golden coast. The Costa Rica airport code for the Daniel Oduber airport is LIR. The idea of having an airport in Guanacaste was developed during Daniel Oduber’s presidency, from 1974 to 1978. Llano Grande, located 8 miles west of Liberia, was the area chosen to build it. After extensive renovations on the terminal, the Liberia airport was reopened for international traffic in 1995. The same day of the reopening, October 28th, Lacsa Airlines inaugurated its first commercial flight to Miami. More renovations are currently taking place to expand this airport’s capacity. As part of these renovations, the aircraft ramp was increased to park 4 airliners, and 2 more buildings will be added to handle departures and arrivals. During the next high season (from December 2005 to April 2006) United Airlines has already scheduled two flights a week from Chicago to Daniel Oduber. They may extend it to 3 flights a week in the future. Liberia Costa Rica International Airport currently hosts four airlines: American Airlines from Miami, FL; Delta from Atlanta, GA; Continental from Houston, TX; and US Airways from Charlotte, NC and from Philadelphia, P. There are also some charter flights from Canada.
According to the Liberia International Airport’s administrator, there has been a 122% increase of the tourist influx to the airport in just one year. In March of 2005, 120,176 tourists landed on this airport, whereas on the same month but a year earlier there was only 54, 019 visitors. Costa Rica currently has a total of more than 100 airports and airstrips, both private and public. This January, 32,000 tourists stepped onto Costa Rican soil through this Guanacaste airport. Roughly 1,118 passengers use this terminal daily on its 38 weekly flights. It has undergone many changes, so to meet security codes, such as eliminating the distinctive traditionally thatched palm roof on the original terminal. This palapa style roof was later considered a fire hazard and was replaced with red tile and lowered to meet FAA safety codes. The Airport has been fenced off as well, and emergency plans have been upgraded. To further the extent of the modifications, there are plans to privatize the air base’s management with companies from France, Italy and the US, which have expressed their interest in this project. Since the airport is located at sea level in the plains of Llano Grande, the topography and extension of the plains make it an ideal setting for expanding and hosting more flights in the future. This could result in it gaining importance over the Juan Santamaria airport Some of the facilities Daniel Oduber offers visitors are a bank, snack bar, restrooms and medical assistance. Along with that they have full services for luggage handling, weight and balance certification and refueling, plus a fire department and paramedic services. By hosting international regulation flights offices were added such as Immigration, Customs, Antidrug Control and Airport security.
The expansion and upgrading of the Daniel Oduber Intl Airport has consequently helped Guanacaste’s economy. Hotels have sprouted along the highway that goes from Liberia to the coast, especially closer to the airport, for travelers’ convenience. The North Pacific province of Guanacaste attracts not only tourists, but also expats or retirees from the US, Canada and Europe. The future erection of a private hospital in Liberia will be even more beneficial to this region since it will provide not only improved healthcare in state of the art facilities but will also include a wellness center and spa. If you are taking a domestic flight from from San Jose to Liberia, you have the option of landing at the local airstrips instead of Daniel Oduber. You can land directly on the airstrips of Punta Islita, Samara or Tamarindo. On the other hand, if you wish to make airfare reservations for landing at Daniel Oduber Airport in Costa Rica, ask our travel agents. We can help you get great deals and packages with airfare as well as take care of all your travel arrangements.