LIR - Liberia International Airport
The airport formerly known as Liberia International Airport but now called Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, is located 217 Km (135 miles) northwest of San José it is very near the beaches of Guanacaste. It has good connections to US, Canadian cities and several European and South American countries. There is a departure tax of around US$ 26.00 on international flights. The airport consists of a two story building with outdoor shaded seating area. On the ground floor you will find the airline desks for check in and a Money Exchange. Upstairs are the bathrooms and a small cafe, as well as the Airport Administration Office and a couple of airline offices. The airport is named for Daniel Oduber Quirós who served as president of Costa Rica from 1974 to 1978. The most common airplanes to visit this airport are 737s and 757s. This year alone up to 45 scheduled commercial flights to Liberia Costa Rica are expected every week.
Taxis wait out front for passengers. A bus for the airport leaves from the northside of the main church at 5:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 AM and then at 13:30, 14:30, 15:.30 and 17:30. The same bus returns from the airport to town at 6, 8, 9 and 10 AM and then at 2, 3, 4 and 6 PM. The distance from the main Highway 21 to the airport complex is about 1 km and can be walked in 10 minutes if you are up for it. Just try to stay in the grassy median. There is a public bus stop right at the intersection of the highway and airport entrance to take you either to the city of Liberia (left) or to the beaches such as Tamarindo and Papagayo (right). For those visitors looking to get to the beach resorts of Guanacaste on the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica Liberia International is their best bet.
The government of Costa Rica has announced that the companies that want to operate and remodel the airport can now present the documents for the approval of projects. The plans for the future terminal depends on the new company, but the terminal will have a main building with gates and jetways, duty-free shops and restaurants, and is expected to have a similar size or that it will be bigger than the Juan Santamaria International Airport.