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Costa Rica is a republic in southern Central America, bordered on the north by Nicaragua, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, on the southeast by Panama, and on the southwest and west by the Pacific Ocean. The uninhabited and densely wooded tropical Cocos Island, about 480 km (about 300 mi) to the southwest in the Pacific Ocean, is under Costa Rican sovereignty. The total area of Costa Rica is 51,060 sq km (19,714 sq mi). The country's capital is San José.
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February 15, 2017Air Costa Rica commenced operations with its maiden commercial flight on 10Feb2017 [status change]
December 27, 2016VivaCam was founded in 2015 as a LCC with the name being a contraction of Viva Centroamerica. It was rebranded as VivaLatinoamérica [added]  prior to starting
December 5, 2016Volaris de Costa Rica commenced revenue operations on 30Nov2016 [status change]

Airline

Operating DatesStatus
ACASA (Aerovias Cariari)   

1968* - 1976

Renamed

^ Comments : ACASA (Aerovias Cariari) was founded in 1968

^ Genealogy : ACASA (Aerovias Cariari) >>AVE Airlines

ACS (Air Cargo Services)   

1997* - 2000

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Aero Costa Rica   

1992 - 1997

Inactive

^ Comments : Aero Costa Rica started service on 11May1992 with two Boeing 727-200 Ex-Pan Am from San José to Miami. Ceased operations on 30Sep1997. Regional, domestic scheduled and charter passenger services

^ Genealogy :  

Aero Costa Sol   

1999* - 2006*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Aerobell Air Charter   

1988* - date

Active

^ Comments : Aerobell Air Charter was founded in 1988. Local and international private charter services

^ Genealogy :  

Aerolineas Exaco (Expres Aereo Costaricense)   

1978* - 1978

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Aeropostal Alas de Centroamerica   

2005 - 2006

Inactive

^ Comments : Aeropostal Alas de Centroamerica was established in 2003 in San José by Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela as Aeropostal Alas de Centroamerica. It started operations in 2005

^ Genealogy :  

Aerovias Sur   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Costa Rica  updated

2017 - date

Active

^ Comments : Air Costa Rica was rebranded from Tica Air International (2014-2014). It commenced operations with its maiden commercial flight on 10Feb2017

^ Genealogy : Tica Air International >Air Costa Rica

ANSA (Aerolineas Nacionales SA)   

1958 - 1960

Inactive

^ Comments : ANSA (Aerolineas Nacionales SA) was founded 1958. San Jose based carrier that ceased operating in 1960.

^ Genealogy :  

APSA (Aeroservicios Puntarenas SA)   

1971 - 1979

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

ASCA (Aerovias San Carlos)   

1978* - 1979*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

ATSA (Aviones Taxi Aereo S.A ) (Air Charter Service)   

1970* - 2010*

Status?

^ Comments : ATSA (Aviones Taxi Aereo S.A ) (Air Charter Service) was founded in 1970. Private charter flights to both domestic and international destinations

^ Genealogy :  

AVE Airlines (Aerovias del Valle)   

1951 - 1979*

Status?

^ Comments : Aerovias del Valle commenced operations in Dec1951 and operated scheduled passenger/cargo services from San Jose

^ Genealogy : ACASA (Aerovias Cariari) >>AVE Airlines

Avianca Costa Rica   

2013 - date

Active

^ Comments : Avianca Costa Rica was formed by the TACA Group by acquiring ENTA & Nationales de Costa Rica, merging and renaming them to LACSA. Renamed to TACA & Avianca Costa Rica in May2013

^ Genealogy : ENTA + Nationales de Costa Rica =>Nationales de Costa Rica >LACSA >TACA Costa Rica >Avianca Costa Rica

Aviones Taxi Aereo   

2004* - 2009*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Carga Expresa   

1983 - 1983

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Costa Rica Skies   

2006 - 2008

Inactive

^ Comments : Costa Rica Skies was a charter airline serving destinations throughout the Americas based in San José, Costa Rica. It was founded in 2002, though flight services only started in 2006. In 2008, the airline was shut down again due to financial problems

^ Genealogy :  

CRAFT (Cargo Rica Air Freight Transport)   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

ENTA (Empressa Nacional de Transportes and Aerovias   

1939* - 1939

Renamed

^ Comments : Avianca Costa Rica was formed by the TACA Group by acquiring ENTA & Nationales de Costa Rica, merging and renaming them to LACSA. Renamed to TACA & Avianca Costa Rica in May2013 [TACA de Costa Rica was formed by the TACA Group by acquiring ENTA and and Nationales de COSTA RICA, merging and renaming them] [TACA COSTA RICA was originally formed by Pan American, the Costa Rican Government and private interests in 1945. Acquired TACA DE COSTA RICA in 1952. Transferred it's domestic network to SANSA in 1959. Renamed to LACSA in 1946 and to current name in 2004 after purchase by the TACA Group]

^ Genealogy : ENTA + Nationales de Costa Rica =>LACSA >TACA Costa Rica >Avianca Costa Rica

Expreso Aereo Costarricenses SA   

1951* - 1966

Renamed

^ Comments : LADECA known as Expreso Aereo Costarricenses SA until 1966, is a Costa Rican operator formed in Apr1951 to undertake air taxi and charter work and crop spraying from San Jose, as well as domestic cargo charters

^ Genealogy : Expreso Aereo Costarricenses SA >LADECA

General Air Cargo   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Holiday Air (Costa Rica)   

(2016)

Began?

^ Comments : Holiday Air (Costa Rica) is planning to start in 2016

^ Genealogy :  

JHM Cargo Express (Airlines)   

1996 - 2000

Inactive

^ Comments : JHM Cargo Express (Airlines) was founded in 1997 as a A300F operator that does all-cargo services to North and South America

^ Genealogy :  

LACSA (Lineas Aereas de Costarricenses)   

1946 - 2004

Renamed

^ Comments : LACSA was established on 17Oct1945 by Pan American World Airways, the Costa Rican government and Costa Rican private interests. It started operations on 01Jun1946 [TACA de Costa Rica was formed by the TACA Group by acquiring ENTA and and Nationales de COSTA RICA, merging and renaming them] [TACA COSTA RICA was originally formed by Pan American, the Costa Rican Government and private interests in 1945. Acquired TACA DE COSTA RICA in 1952. Transferred it's domestic network to SANSA in 1959. Renamed to LACSA in 1946 and to current name in 2004 after purchase by the TACA Group]

^ Genealogy : ENTA + Nationales de Costa Rica =>LACSA >TACA Costa Rica >Avianca Costa Rica

LADECA (Lineas Aereas del Caribe)(Caribbean Airways)   

1966 - 1967

Inactive

^ Comments : LADECA known as Expreso Aereo Costarricenses SA until 1966, is a Costa Rican operator formed in Apr1951 to undertake air taxi and charter work and crop spraying from San Jose, as well as domestic cargo charters

^ Genealogy : Expreso Aereo Costarricenses SA >LADECA

Lineas Areas Trans Costa Rica   

1979 - 1988

Renamed

^ Comments : Lineas Areas Trans Costa Rica was renamed to Trans Costa Rica in 1988

^ Genealogy : Lineas Areas Trans Costa Rica >Trans Costa Rica

Nationales de Costa Rica   

1939 - 1939

Renamed

^ Comments : Avianca Costa Rica was formed by the TACA Group by acquiring ENTA & Nationales de Costa Rica, merging and renaming them to LACSA. Renamed to TACA & Avianca Costa Rica in May2013

^ Genealogy : ENTA + Nationales de Costa Rica =>LACSA >TACA Costa Rica >Avianca Costa Rica

NatureAir (Nature Air)   

2003 - date

Active

^ Comments : Natureair was formed in 1990 & operations started on 30Jun1991 as TravelAir. Noted as the world's first carbon neutral airline

^ Genealogy : TravelAir >Natureair

Paradise Air   

2000* - 2013

Inactive

^ Comments : Paradise Air was an air charter operator flying to Panama, Nicaragua and throughout Central America and the Caribbean. The airline was based at the Tobías Bolaños International Airport, San José, Costa Rica and was the only FAA Part 129 approved charter operator in the region. The company, started in 2000, was owned and operated by a former corporate pilot, Art Dawley, who flew business jets for DreamWorks Movie Studios for many years. The charter company specialized in flying from San Jose to the various tourist based destinations throughout the region. Paradise Air ceased air charter operations in Costa Rica on 16May2013

^ Genealogy :  

RANSA (Ruta Aerea Nacional SA)   

1979 - 1980

Renamed

^ Comments : SANSA was formed in 1980 & took over RANSA in 1980

^ Genealogy : RANSA >>Sansa

SAISA   

1996* - 1997*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

SANSA (Servicos Aereos Nacionales)   

1980 - date

Active

^ Comments : SANSA was established in 1978 as a domestic airline of LACSA & operations started operations on 30Jun1980. Took over RANSA in 1980

^ Genealogy : RANSA >>Sansa

SERCA Costa Rica (Servicios de Carga SA)   

1982 - 1982

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Servicios Aereos Nacionales   

1990* - 1990*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

TACA Costa Rica (LACSA (Lineas Aereas de Costarricenses))   

2004 - 2013

Renamed

^ Comments : Avianca Costa Rica was formed by the TACA Group by acquiring ENTA & Nationales de Costa Rica, merging and renaming them to LACSA. Renamed to TACA & Avianca Costa Rica in May2013

^ Genealogy : ENTA + Nationales de Costa Rica =>LACSA >TACA Costa Rica >Avianca Costa Rica

TACA de Costa-Rica Transportes Aereos Centro-Americanos   

1939 - 1952

Renamed

^ Comments : TACA de Costa-Rica Transportes Aereos Centro-Americanos was acquired by LACSA in 1952

^ Genealogy : ENTA + Nationales de Costa Rica =>LACSA >TACA Costa Rica >Avianca Costa Rica

TACSA (Taxi Aereo Centroamericana) (Air Charter Service)   

1970* - 2010*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

TAISA (Transportes Aereos de Integracion SA)   

1971* - 1978

Inactive

^ Comments : TAISA was founded in 1971

^ Genealogy :  

TANSA (Transportes Aereos Nacionales SA)   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Tica Air International   

(2014)

Renamed

^ Comments : Tica Air International was renamed to Air Costa Rica prior to start-up

^ Genealogy : Tica Air International >Air Costa Rica

TICOS (Líneas Aéreas de Costa Rica)   

(2014)

Began?

^ Comments : TICOS - Líneas Aéreas de Costa Rica was founded in Dec2012 to take over TACA’s dropped routes. Did not start operations

^ Genealogy :  

Trans Costa Rica   

1988 - 2000

Inactive

^ Comments : Lineas Areas Trans Costa Rica was renamed to Trans Costa Rica in 1988

^ Genealogy : Lineas Areas Trans Costa Rica >Trans Costa Rica

TransCarga   

1988 - 1992

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

TravelAir   

1991 - 2003

Renamed

^ Comments : Natureair was formed in 1990 & operations started on 30Jun1991 as TravelAir. Noted as the world's first carbon neutral airline

^ Genealogy : TravelAir >Natureair

VEL (Vuelos Especiales Liberianos)   

1983 - 1986

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

VivaCam   

(2015)

Began?

^ Comments : VivaCam was founded in 2015 as a LCC with the name being a contraction of "Viva Centroamerica". It was rebranded as VivaLatinoamérica prior to starting

^ Genealogy : VivaCam >VivaLatinoamérica

VivaLatinoamérica   

2017 >

Planned

^ Comments : VivaCam was founded in 2015 as a LCC with the name being a contraction of "Viva Centroamerica". It was rebranded as VivaLatinoamérica prior to starting

^ Genealogy : VivaCam >VivaLatinoamérica

Volaris de Costa Rica   

2016 - date

Active

^ Comments : Volaris de Costa Rica was set up by Mexican carrier Volaris in Mar2016. Received its AOC & commenced revenue operations on 30Nov2016, with scheduled double-daily flights between San José Juan Santamaría and Guatemala City

^ Genealogy :  

West Caribbean Costa Rica   

2003* - 2005

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Wiggins International   

1979* - 1979*

Status?

^ Comments : Wiggins International was a DC.6 operator in the late 1970s

^ Genealogy :  

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