This weekend, Etihad Airways is finishing up its first-ever flight from Abu Dhabi to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. The flight, a goodwill repatriation service, first landed in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic before heading on to Costa Rica.
What was the journey about?
Etihad calls the operation a “goodwill flight,” transporting Costa Rican citizens home. Accompanying passengers is humanitarian aid from the Government of the United Arab Emirates, “to help Costa Rica in its fight against COVID-19,” the airline says.
While the arrival in Costa Rica was a first for the Middle Eastern carrier, the aircraft was also helping Dominican nationals get home from the UAE, with the flight landing first in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic.