Costa Rica Travel – The Association of Airlines recognizes the high cost of tickets in Central America and attributes this to taxes and airport charges.
IATA representatives believe that reducing the taxes and charges would make ticket prices more accessible.
These airport charges are an obstacle to travel. Lowering them makes a big difference because they can make up up to 30% of the total ticket price. In 2015, Colombia lowered the airport fees from $92 to $38 and since then has seen the number of international tourists increase by 90%.
Costa Rica could ideally make a similar move. Costa Rica faces the additional challenge of higher fuel costs than other places in the region. This adds about 10% to the final value of the ticket.
One thing going for Central American airlines is that they aim to make less off each passenger than other places do. North America goes after $15.67 per passenger while in Latin America the figure is $2.95.