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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, 2017

Air Costa Rica commenced operations with its maiden commercial flight on 10Feb2017 [status change]

December 27, 2016

VivaCam 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, 2016

Volaris de Costa Rica commenced revenue operations on 30Nov2016 [status change]

Airline Status Operating Dates
ACASA (Aerovias Cariari)   

Renamed

1968* - 1976

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

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

^ Airline Code :  

ACS (Air Cargo Services)   

Inactive

1997* - 2000

^ Comments : No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Aero Costa Rica   

Inactive

1992 - 1997

^ 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 :  

^ Airline Code : ML : AEK

Aero Costa Sol   

Unsure

1999* - 2006*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Aerobell Air Charter   

Active

1988* - date

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

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Aerolineas Exaco (Expres Aereo Costaricense)   

Inactive

1978* - 1978

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Aeropostal Alas de Centroamerica   

Inactive

2005 - 2006

^ 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 :  

^ Airline Code :  

Aerovias Sur   

Unconfirmed

(****)

^ Comments : No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Air Costa Rica  updated

Active

2017 - date

^ 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

^ Airline Code :  

ANSA (Aerolineas Nacionales SA)   

Inactive

1958 - 1960

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

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

APSA (Aeroservicios Puntarenas SA)   

Inactive

1971 - 1979

^ Comments : No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

ASCA (Aerovias San Carlos)   

Unsure

1978* - 1979*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

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

Unsure

1970* - 2010*

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

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

AVE Airlines (Aerovias del Valle)   

Unsure

1951 - 1979*

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

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

^ Airline Code :  

Avianca Costa Rica   

Active

2013 - date

^ 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

^ Airline Code :  

Aviones Taxi Aereo   

Unsure

2004* - 2009*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Carga Expresa   

Inactive

1983 - 1983

^ Comments : No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Costa Rica Skies   

Inactive

2006 - 2008

^ 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 :  

^ Airline Code : -- : CSR

CRAFT (Cargo Rica Air Freight Transport)   

Unconfirmed

(****)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

ENTA (Empressa Nacional de Transportes and Aerovias   

Renamed

1939* - 1939

^ 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

^ Airline Code :  

Expreso Aereo Costarricenses SA   

Renamed

1951* - 1966

^ 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

^ Airline Code :  

General Air Cargo   

Unconfirmed

(****)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Holiday Air (Costa Rica)   

Not started

(2016)

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

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

JHM Cargo Express (Airlines)   

Inactive

1996 - 2000

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

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : -- : JHM

LACSA (Lineas Aereas de Costarricenses)   

Renamed

1946 - 2004

^ 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

^ Airline Code : LR : LRC

LADECA (Lineas Aereas del Caribe)(Caribbean Airways)   

Inactive

1966 - 1967

^ 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

^ Airline Code :  

Lineas Areas Trans Costa Rica   

Renamed

1979 - 1988

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

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

^ Airline Code :  

Nationales de Costa Rica   

Renamed

1939 - 1939

^ 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

^ Airline Code :  

NatureAir (Nature Air)   

Active

2003 - date

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

^ Genealogy : TravelAir >Natureair

^ Airline Code : 5C : NRR

Paradise Air   

Inactive

2000* - 2013

^ 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 :  

^ Airline Code :  

RANSA (Ruta Aerea Nacional SA)   

Renamed

1979 - 1980

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

^ Genealogy : RANSA >>Sansa

^ Airline Code :  

SAISA   

Inactive

1996* - 1997*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

SANSA (Servicos Aereos Nacionales)   

Active

1980 - date

^ 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

^ Airline Code : RZ : LRS

SERCA Costa Rica (Servicios de Carga SA)   

Inactive

1982 - 1982

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Servicios Aereos Nacionales   

Unsure

1990* - 1990*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

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

Renamed

2004 - 2013

^ 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

^ Airline Code : LR : LRC

TACA de Costa-Rica Transportes Aereos Centro-Americanos  updated

Renamed

1939 - 1952

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

^ Airline Code :  

TACSA (Taxi Aereo Centroamericana) (Air Charter Service)   

Unsure

1970* - 2010*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

TAISA (Transportes Aereos de Integracion SA)   

Inactive

1971* - 1978

^ Comments : TAISA was founded in 1971

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

TANSA (Transportes Aereos Nacionales SA)   

Unconfirmed

(****)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Tica Air International   

Renamed

(2014)

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

^ Genealogy : Tica Air International >Air Costa Rica

^ Airline Code :  

TICOS (Líneas Aéreas de Costa Rica)   

Not started

(2014)

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

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

Trans Costa Rica   

Inactive

1988 - 2000

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

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

^ Airline Code : -- : TCR

TransCarga   

Inactive

1988 - 1992

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

TravelAir   

Renamed

1991 - 2003

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

^ Genealogy : TravelAir >Natureair

^ Airline Code :  

VEL (Vuelos Especiales Liberianos)   

Inactive

1983 - 1986

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code :  

VivaCam   

Not started

(2015)

^ 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

^ Airline Code :  

VivaLatinoamérica   

Planned

2017 >

^ 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

^ Airline Code :  

Volaris de Costa Rica   

Active

2016 - date

^ 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 :  

^ Airline Code :  

West Caribbean Costa Rica   

Inactive

2003* - 2005

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

^ Airline Code : 0W : WCR

Wiggins International   

Unsure

1979* - 1979*

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

^ Genealogy :  

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