miércoles, 26 de octubre de 2011

Arriving at Liberia Airport, Costa Rica (LIR)

The Liberia International Airport is located near the small city of Liberia, Guanacaste, which is the largest city in North Pacific Coast, with a total population of about 60,000 residents. It has traditionally served as a tourist hub, directing traffic to nearby volcanoes (such as Rincon de la Vieja, 35 km.),national parks (such as Santa Rosa, 45 km.) and numerous beaches (from 20 to100km away), and other prime tourist destinations (including Granada, Nicaragua and some of that country’s southern coastal areas). In fact, Liberia airport is located only 70 km. south from the Nicaraguan border. National parks and protected areas cover approximately 105,000 hectares inland and 93,000 hectares at sea in the Guanacaste province.

Liberia Airport, also known as the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport of Liberia (IATA: LIR), is the second and finest international airports in Costa Rica. This airport offers international connections to the US and Canada. It also offers scheduled flights to other exciting destinations in Europe and connections to other parts of Asia.
Known as the 'Gateway to the Sun', Liberia Airport is a great place to touch down, as it provides easy access to the beautiful northwest Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and nearby national parks.
It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. A tropical dry climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination.
Access to Liberia Airport
The Liberia Airport is 13 km west of the city center, on the main highway 21 that connects to numerous beaches on the Pacific Coast. Tamarindo, Flamingo, Coco and other major towns and developments are located less than one hour from the Airport. The closest distance to the coast is Playa Panama (12km) 42. Liberia is located approximately 160 km. away from the Central Valley, where San Jose, the nation’s capital is located. It is important to note that due to mountain topography, old roads and highway congestion, this 160 km drive usually requires three to four hours.

You can access Liberia Airport from virtually any point in Costa Rica with regular bus services available to and from the airport and frequent bus and taxi services to and from Liberia city.  There are regular bus connections from Liberia Municipal Bus Station to Tamrindo/Flamingo and to Santa Cruz/Nicoya.
Airport Infrastructure

New terminal building and operator
The government of Costa Rica awarded Coriport, S.A., a 20-year concession to design, finance, construct and operate a new terminal building and its associated landside and airside facilities, as well as approximately 36,000 m2 (390,000 sq ft) of airport land currently occupied by the existing terminal and associated facilities. Coriport's shareholders include MMM Aviation Group, Emperador Pez Espada S.R.L., Inversiones Cielo Claro LTDA, Cocobolo Inversiones S.R.L., and ADC&HAS Houston-based Airports Worldwide who is also the project's operator, as well as lead investor.
The new terminal building, encompassing approximately 23,000 m2 (250,000 sq ft) will feature a contemporary design that both increases efficiency and capacity over the existing facility:
  • 2 Levels
  • Over 15,600 m2 of enclosed area
  • Over 23,000 m2 total construction
  • 4 contact gates connecting to 4 airbridges, 2 remote (2 remote positions have covered walkways)
  • ~1,000 m2 of commercial space
The airport has all of the ideal technical and operational qualifications for success according to FAA, including high visibility, good weather, low altitude (144 meters above sea level) and very few obstacles in the vicinity. Unlike the Juan Santamaria Airport SJO) in Alajuela, these ideal conditions permit aircraft to leave with fully loaded, not just in terms of passengers but also total cargo weight, which maximizes airline profitability. In addition, this airport can remain open 365 days a year, 24 hours, a condition few airports in Latin America can claim.


Facilities and Services

Services and facilities at Liberia International Airport allow us to make your experience with us both pleasant and convenient. Liberia Airport strives to represent Costa Rica by providing an outstanding, welcoming and uniquely Guanacastecan/Tico experience.  We offer luggage storage, suitcase carts, visitor information and assistance among many other services all created to take the hassle out of travel.

Public Landside:

Flight Information Display System
Regular updates of flight & travel-related information
·         Car parking - Liberia airport offers both short-term and long-term parking within the airport. All car parks operate 24 hours and are regularly patrolled by airport police. Minivan and Taxi Parking
·         Bus Service - Regular services are available from outside the terminal building to Liberia, Tamarindo or Flamingo with onward connections to all of Guanacaste's major cities. There are also Mini Van Shuttle services from/to nearly tourist destinations.
·         Bar/Restaurant - Liberia Airport offers a good variety of Restaurants and bars throughout the terminal and boarding areas.
Private Landside:

Bureau de Change/Currency Exchange Facilities
These facilities are operated by Banco LAFISE in the Check in Area, Customs Hall and Departures Lounge
There is an ATM Machine located in the arrivals concourse

Car Hire Service
There are 3 car hire companies located for your convenience in the arrivals terminal offering all classes of vehicles at competitive rates.

Airport Shopping

For departing passengers, The IMAS (Costa Rica Institute of Social Welfare) Duty Free Shop provides an extensive selection of cigarettes, liquor, food, luxury goods, confectionary, and essential travel accessories.  All of this combined with world class customer service and unbeatable prices.

Café Britt Shop filled with gourmet Costa Rican coffees, arts and crafts, traditional sweets, fruit preserves, locally-themed souvenirs such as magnets, caps, key chains, pins, T-shirts that allow passengers to take a little of Costa Rica home with them.
A minimarket model with just-the-right mix of convenience products, soft drinks, snacks, candy and personal care items. Displays and sales are designed to optimize the customer's shopping ease.
Airport Shopping is available to all passengers travelling to all destinations.  Some conditions apply in relation to the packing of liquid, gel and paste purchases. 
Restaurant & Bar
The airport has one sport bar of 300 square meters and one restaurant that offers international and Costa Rican cuisine.

Art Gallery

Information Desk
The Airport Information Desk, provided by Liberia Airport staff, is situated in the Arrivals Concourse. It is open from 06.00 to 23.00 daily and staff will be happy to help you with any information or any assistance you may require. Guanacaste Tourism's Information and Reservations Center is located in the Arrivals Concourse and is operated by the Guanacaste Tourism Chamber.  It provides a number of services to the visitor arriving into Liberia including: 
·         All Guanacaste Accommodation Reservations Services
·         Assistance with Guanacaste Holiday itineraries
·         Retail area with a broad range of maps, guides, and books


Scheduled Flights
Scheduled flights from Liberia Airport for summer 2012 are:
Airlines and destinations

Seasonal: Düsseldorf [begins November 12]
Seasonal: Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Düsseldorf
Dallas/Ft. Worth, Miami
Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson
Houston-Intercontinental, Newark
Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul [begins January 7]
Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Denver
New York-JFK [begins November 17]
Seasonal: Miami
La Fortuna, Managua, Punta Islita, Pavas-SYQ, Tamarindo
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul [begins January 13]
TACA operated by TACA Regional
San Salvador
TACA operated by Sansa
San José de Costa Rica, Tamarindo
Thomas Cook Canada operated by Jazz Air
Seasonal: Montreal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare
Chicago-O ‘Hare, St. Louis

Scheduled Airlines
Check http://www.liberiacostaricaairport.net/LIR-Arrival-and-Departures.html for up-to-date information.

Air Canada
No office in Liberia

Air Berlin
No office in Liberia

Taca /Avianca

USA 3000
1800 626747 (IRL)

Continental Airlines

Delta Airlines Inc

American Airlines

Nature Air


Frontier Airlines

Jet Blue

Sun Country Airlines

US Airways

Guanacaste Tourism
This airport is primarily built to cater to the needs of thousand of tourists visiting Costa Rica to enjoy that great weather, amazing beaches and good, traditional Costa Rican cuisine.
Today, the Liberia Costa Rica Airport is fast becoming one of the best performing commercial hubs in Central America. If you want to have the great summer holiday experience, then you must fly to Liberia Costa Rica Airport. This is the quickest way to visit all those beautiful tourist attractions in Costa Rica notably Rincon de la Vieja and Santa Rosa National Parks, the Tamarindo, Playa Negra, Golfo de Papagayo, Playa Flamingo, Palo Verde Wetlands, and Marino Las Baulas National Park.
If you want to have your own mode of transport while in Liberia, Costa Rica, the best and most sensible way is to rent a car.  By renting a car at the Liberia Airport, it is definitely the best way of touring the countryside, beaches and villages and driving through the slow, scenic routes and experience Costa Rica's natural and magical offerings. You can choose from many excellent car hire companies. These companies offer cheap car hires at the Liberia Airport that tourists will truly enjoy.

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Author: Roberto Acevedo, Marketing and Sales Executive at Poas Rent a Car

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