Frontier Airlines planes taxi at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado, Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

Atlantans looking for a Central American getaway this winter have a new nonstop flight option to consider: San Jose, Costa Rica. 

The latest destination is a part of budget carrier Frontier Airlines’ expansion at the world’s busiest airport at Hartsfield-Jackson. The flight started Nov. 15 and operates three times per week through Jan. 3, then drops to twice weekly. 

International carriers and U.S.-based airlines looking to provide their customers more international travel options have slowly expanded their route maps from the Atlanta airport since the pandemic subsided. Hometown carrier Delta Air Lines, the state’s largest private employer, still occupies most of the gate space at the airport as well as the bulk of its international lift. 

Based in Denver, Frontier earlier this year failed in its quest to acquire rival Spirit Airlines, which also has flights from Atlanta. In the latest example of budget carriers’ efforts to slash costs, Frontier said it would eliminate customer service by telephone, instead pointing customers to the Internet. (Spirit ended up merging with JetBlue.)

Among its 34 nonstop destinations from Atlanta, Frontier offers international cities including Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and San Salvador, El Salvador. 

Frontier’s GoWILD Pass, an all-you-can-fly option for travel starting in May of next year, is on sale for $799 through Dec. 12 and includes international destinations.

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...