Airports

Airports

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Costa Rica is a small country, but driving distances are pretty long because of the bad conditions of some of the roads.   Even though the drive might be scenic and nice, some people really prefer to fly and be able to save time when going from place to place.

There are two domestic airlines which offer flights all over the country:   SANSA and Nature Air.   The first one is a division of a larger airline called TACA which flies all over Latin American and the USA, while Nature Air is exclusively for Costa Rica, and it also offers a couple of destinations in Nicaragua and Panama.   There are also a series of local private companies that charter planes all over the country as well.

The local airports in Costa Rica are usually small airstrips without any facilities for the passenger.  None of them are real “terminals” but hangars.  Since both SANSA and Nature Air use small aircrafts, these flights rarely have flight attendants.   Passengers have to wait for their flight at the hangar, and once the aircraft lands, the pilot or co-pilot himself helps the passengers with their luggage.     Only three of the airports listed below offer real terminals – those are:  San Jose Intl. Airport, Liberia Intl. Airport and Pavas Intl. Airport.

Here is a list of the most popular airports / airstrips in Costa Rica, and which airline or charter flight company services them.

Airport / Airstrip

Airlines / Companies available

Frequency

San Jose Intl. Airport

SANSA

Daily
Liberia Intl. Airport

SANSA / Nature Air

Daily
Tamarindo Airstrip

SANSA / Nature Air

Daily
Tambor Airstrip

SANSA / Nature Air

Daily
Islita Airstrip

Nature Air

Mon/Wed/Fri
Nosara Airstrip

Nature Air

Tue/Thur/Sa/Su
Carrillo / Samara Airstrip

SANSA / Nature Air

*
Limon Intl. Airport

Charters

**
Tortuguero Airstrip

Nature Air

Mon/Wed/Fr/Su
Pavas Intl. Airport (SYQ)

Nature Air / Charters

Daily
Palmar Sur Airstrip

 SANSA / Nature Air

Daily
Drake Airstrip

Nature Air

*
Carate Airstrip

Charters

*
Cañas/Taboga Airstrip

Charters

*
Chacarita Airstrip

Charters

*
Golfito Airstrip

SANSA / Nature Air

Daily
Arenal / El Tanque Airstrip

Nature Air

Daily
Quepos / La Managua Airstrip

SANSA / Nature Air

Daily

* The frequency to these destinations varies depending on the season

** Even though Limon is considered to be an International Airport, it’s not really used / serviced by any local airline

Both SANSA and Nature Air have their main offices in San Jose, and there are a few destination towns that have a small office to issue tickets.   Reservations are mostly made via internet.

The Costa Rican Government has a plan to develop another larger international airport in Palmar, but this is only in its initial stages.

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