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Puerto Rico is a freely associated commonwealth of the United States, composed of one large island and several small islands. Puerto Rico is bordered on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the east by the Virgin Passage (which separates it from the Virgin Islands), on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west by the Mona Passage (which separates it from the Dominican Republic). San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico, as well as its largest city.
 
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April 17, 2016

Trade Wind Airways [added] was formed in 1959. Western Air Services was taken over & merged to form Trade Winds & Western Airways in 1968. Ceased operations in 1975

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Status Operating Dates

Aero Bieke   

Inactive 1997* - 1997

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Air America   

Active 2000* - date

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Air Best de Puerto Rico   

Unsure 1970* - 1973*

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Air Cargo America   

Inactive 1976* - 1990

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Air Caribbean   

Inactive 1993* - 2000

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Air Caribbean (Old South Air Service)   

Inactive 1975 - 1980

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Air Caribe International   

Unsure 1985* - 1985*

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Air Charter   

Inactive 1993* - 1998*

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Air Charter   

Unsure 2004* - 2006*

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Air Culebra   

Unsure 1998* - 2000*

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Air Flamenco   

Active 1998* - date

^ Comments : Air Flamenco traces its history to Flamenco Airways which was founded in 1976 by Mr. Rubén Torres. Grounded by FAA in 1998 & assets taken by Air Flameno

^ Genealogy : Flamenco Airways +>Air Flamenco

Air Indies   

Unsure 1968* - 1973*

^ Comments : Air Indies was originally formed in 1968 to operate scenic flights from Miami to the Bahamas.

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Air Indies Cargo   

Renamed 1964* - 1968

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^ Genealogy : Air Indies Cargo >North Cay Airways

Air Mont   

Unsure 1975 - 1980*

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Air Puerto Rico Airlines (Borinquen Air)   

Inactive 1985 - 1986

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Airlantic Transport   

Inactive 1970* - 1974

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AMFS (Air-Mar Freight Systems)  updated

Renamed 1981* - 1986

^ Comments : [Aerolineas Mundo SA was founded in 1986 and it was first known as AMFS (Air Mar Freight Systems). This airline first began in the early 1980s with a fleet of two C-46s based at San Juan. Once AMSA was founded it relocated to Santo Domingo and incorporated two Super Constellations. Amsa freight operations, to Miami and San Juan, were in direct competition with Aerochago. Both Super Connie’s were lost, one crashed off the coast of Puerto Rico and the other was damaged by a ground incident at Borinquen. Instead Amsa switched to the Douglas DC-7]

^ Genealogy : AMFS >AMSA

AMPRI (Aerovias Nacionales de Puerto Rico)   

Inactive 1936 - 1938*

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Borinquen Air (Diaz Aviation)   

Active 1961* - date

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Capital City Air Carrier   

Unsure 2004* - 2006*

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Carib Air Cargo (GMD Air)   

Inactive 1987 - 1988

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Caribair   

Renamed 1948 - 1973

^ Comments : The Powelson Line began operating in Feb1939 as Caribbean Atlantic Airlines and later as Caribair on 20Jul1948 by authorization of the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB} [Eastern Air Lines was formed in 1928 as Pitcairn Aviation by Harold J Pitcairn as a mail carrier between NY-Albany. Acquired by North American Aviation and the name was changed in 1930 to Eastern Air Transport. Acquired New York Airways, New York, Philadelphia & Washington Airways & The Ludington Line in 1933. Renamed to E.A.L. in 1934. Acquired Wedell-Williams Air Service Corp.. in 1936. Incorporated as Eastern Air Lines in 1938 with Ed Rickenbacker as President. Acquired Colonial Airlines in 1956, Mackey Airlines in 1966 and Caribair in 1974. Ceased operations on 18Jan1991. Eastern Air Lines was dissolved after 64 years of operation on 18Apr1991. Many of its remaining assets are parcelled out to American and Continental]

^ Genealogy : Caribbean Atlantic Airlines >Caribair >>Eastern Air Lines

Caribbean Air Express   

Inactive 1996 - 1998

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Caribbean Air Service   

Renamed 1969 - 1974

^ Comments : Caribbean Air Service was renamed to Casair in 1974

^ Genealogy : Caribbean Air Service >Casair

Caribbean Air Services   

Renamed 1979 - 1979

^ Comments : Caribbean Air Services was renamed to Caribbean Aviation Services USA and relocated to Miami Springs

^ Genealogy : Caribbean Air Services >Caribbean Aviation Services USA

Caribbean Atlantic Airlines   

Renamed 1939 - 1948

^ Comments : The Powelson Line began operating in Feb1939 as Caribbean Atlantic Airlines and later as Caribair on 20Jul1948 by authorization of the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB}

^ Genealogy : Caribbean Atlantic Airlines >Caribair >>Eastern Air Lines >Eastern Airlines

Caribbean Executive Airlines   

Unsure 1968* - 1972*

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Caribbean Flying Boats   

Unconfirmed (****)

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Caribbean International Airlines   

Inactive 1981* - 1981*

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Caribbean Island Airlines   

Inactive 1969 - 1969

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Caribbean Sun Airlines   

Renamed 2003 - 2007

^ Comments : World Atlantic Airlines was founded in Sep2002 as Caribbean Sun Airlines in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by Yolanda Suarez. Started operations on 21Jan2003. but closed down in Jan2007 & it was not until Sep2010 that an AOC was issued in the current name

^ Genealogy : Caribbean Sun >World Atlantic Airlines

Caribbean Transport Services   

Unsure **** - ****

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Caribbean Wings   

Unsure 2003* - 2003*

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Caribex Worldwide   

Inactive 1990* - 2000

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Carriba Air (CarribaAir)   

Inactive 1980* - 1981*

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Casair   

Unsure 1974 - 1975*

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^ Genealogy : Caribbean Air Service >Casair

Central Cargo   

Inactive 1969 - 1976

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Club Jetstream   

Unsure 2007 - 2009*

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Crownair   

Inactive 1981 - 1989

^ Comments : Air taxi operator. Crownair was formerly known as Dorado Wings. Name changed in 1981. Acquired assets of Prinair. Ceased operations in 1989

^ Genealogy : Dorado Wings >Crownair

Dodita Air Cargo   

Unsure 1992* - 2006*

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Dorado Wings   

Renamed 1964* - 1981

^ Comments : Air taxi operator. Crownair was formerly known as Dorado Wings. Name changed in 1981. Acquired assets of Prinair. Ceased operations in 1989

^ Genealogy : Dorado Wings >Crownair

Eastern Caribbean Air   

Renamed 2005 - 2007*

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^ Genealogy : San Juan Aviation >Eastern Caribbean Air >EC Air

EC Air (Eastern Caribbean Airlines Corporation)   

Unsure 2007* - 2008*

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^ Genealogy : San Juan Aviation >Eastern Caribbean Air >EC Air

Executive Air Charter   

Renamed 1986* - 1986*

^ Comments : Executive Airlineswas formed as Executive Air Charter in 1986 & commenced operations on 30Jun1986. Ceased operations on 31Mar2013

^ Genealogy : Executive Air Charter >Executive Airlines

Executive Airlines   

Inactive 2004* - 2013

^ Comments : Executive Airlineswas formed as Executive Air Charter in 1986 & commenced operations on 30Jun1986. Ceased operations on 31Mar2013

^ Genealogy : Executive Air Charter >Executive Airlines

Fina Air   

Inactive 2003 - 2005

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Flamenco Airways   

Inactive 1976* - 1998

^ Comments : Air Flamenco traces its history to Flamenco Airways which was founded in 1976 by Mr. Rubén Torres. Grounded by FAA in 1998 & assets taken by Air Flameno

^ Genealogy : Flamenco Airways +>Air Flamenco

GMD Air   

Inactive 1989* - 1989*

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Inter-Island Airways   

Unsure 1964* - 1980*

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International Sky Cab   

Unsure 1969* - 1970*

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Intersland Airways   

Unsure 1989* - 2000*

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Interstate Air Service   

Unsure 1968* - 1968*

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Isla Nena Air   

Inactive 1993^ - 2003*

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Island Traders   

Unsure 1977* - 1978*

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LAP (Linea Aerea Puertarriquena)   

Inactive 2004* - 2009*

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LAPSA   

Unsure 1986* - 1989*

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M&N Aviation   

Active 1998* - date

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Mar Caribe Flying Service   

Unsure **** - ****

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Merlin Express  updated

Renamed 1983* - 2000

^ Comments : Merlin Express was established in 1983 as a UPS feeder and operated as a cargo carrier until Jun1995 [MERLIN AIRWAYS was founded as SAT-AIR in San Antonio. The airline was established in 1983 as a UPS feeder and operated as a cargo carrier until June 1995. It was then found fit by the United States Department of Transportation to conduct commuter operations under FAR Part 121. Passenger operations ceased in 1999. The company was purchased by Corporate Air of Billings, Montana in 2000 which is when the name was changed from MERLIN EXPRESS to MERLIN AIRWAYS]

^ Genealogy : SAT-Air >Merlin Express >Merlin Airways

North Cay Airways   

Inactive 1968 - 1976

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^ Genealogy : Air Indies Cargo >North Cay Airways

Oceanair   

Inactive 1979* - 1984*

^ Comments : Oceanair purchased the assets of San Juan based Trans Commuter Airlines. Domestic services. Ceased operations

^ Genealogy : Trans Commuter Airlines +>Oceanair

Oceanair Line   

Unsure 1988* - 1988*

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Old South Air Service   

Inactive 1975* - 1979*

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Palmas Air Corporation   

Unsure 1975* - 1977*

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Pan Island Air Tours   

Unsure 1972* - 1974*

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Ponce Air   

Renamed 1964 - 1966

^ Comments : Prinair was founded in 1964 as Ponce Air. Measure of distrust from the public that had not forgotten a number of fatal crashes, caused Prinair to cease operations in Nov1984. Assets to Crownair

^ Genealogy : Ponce Air >Prinair +>Crownair

Powelson Airlines   

Inactive 1938* - 1938*

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PRAMS Air (Puerto Rico Air Management Services)   

Active 2005* - date

^ Comments : PRAMS Air (Puerto Rico Air Management Services) was formed in 2004

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Prinair (Puerto Rico International Airlines)   

Inactive 1966 - 1984

^ Comments : Prinair was founded in 1964 as PONCE AIR. Measure of distrust from the public that had not forgotten a number of fatal crashes, caused Prinair to cease operations in Nov1984. Assets to Crownair

^ Genealogy : Ponce Air >Prinair +>Crownair

Pro-Air Services   

Unsure 1981 - 2009*

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Puerto Rican American Airlines (Puerto Rican American Imports)   

Unsure 1962* - 1963*

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Puerto Rico Air Transport   

Inactive 1946 - 1947

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Puerto Rico Airlines   

Not started (2001)

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Puerto Rico Airways   

Inactive 1998* - 2001*

^ Comments : Puerto Rico Airways was formed in 1998

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Roblex Aviation (Roblex Air Cargo)   

Active 1997 - date

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Royal Caribbean International   

Unsure 1990* - 1991*

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San Juan Air   

Inactive 1965* - 1971*

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San Juan Aviation   

Renamed 2001 - 2005

^ Comments : San Juan Aviation was founded in 2001 by Capt. Iván Figueroa

^ Genealogy : San Juan Aviation >Eastern Caribbean Air >EC Air

Seawinds Express   

Inactive 1984 - 1984

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Shamrock Air Lines   

Unconfirmed (****)

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Sion Air Express   

Inactive 1998* - 1998*

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Southern Flyer   

Unconfirmed (****)

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St Thomas Tax-Air   

Unsure 1970* - 1975*

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Sun Airways   

Inactive 1998 - 2000*

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Sun International Airways   

Inactive 1979* - 1982*

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Sundance Airlines   

Inactive 1988* - 1989

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Tabors Luxury Airlines   

Unsure **** - ****

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Taino Airlines (Taino Air Lines)   

Unsure **** - ***

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Tol Air (Tolair Services)   

Renamed 1983 - 2006

^ Comments : Tol Air was formed in 1981 & operations started on 16May1983. Four Star Air Cargo was founded in 1982. Purchased Tol Air in 2006

^ Genealogy : Tol Air (Tolair Services) >>Four Star Air Cargo

Trade Wind Airways   

Renamed 1959* - 1968

^ Comments : Trade Wind Airways was formed in 1959. Western Air Services was taken over & merged to form Trade Winds & Western Airways in 1968. Ceased operations in 1975

^ Genealogy : Trade Wind Airways + Western Air Services +>Trade Winds & Western Airways

Trade Winds & Western Airways   

Inactive 1968 - 1975

^ Comments : Trade Wind Airways was formed in 1959. Western Air Services was taken over & merged to form Trade Winds & Western Airways in 1968. Ceased operations in 1975

^ Genealogy : Trade Wind Airways + Western Air Services +>Trade Winds & Western Airways

Trans Borinquen Air   

Inactive 1999 - 1999

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Trans Caribbean Airways   

Renamed 1949 - 1971

^ Comments : Trans Caribbean Airways was formed as Trans Caribbean Air Cargo Lines and renamed in 1949Owned by O. Roy Chalk with it's hub was San Juan Rico. Merged into American Airlines

^ Genealogy : Trans Caribbean Air Cargo Lines >Trans Caribbean Airways >>American Airlines

Trans Commuter Airlines   

Inactive 1973* - 1979

^ Comments : Oceanair purchased the assets of San Juan based Trans Commuter Airlines. Domestic services. Ceased operations

^ Genealogy : Trans Commuter Airlines +>Oceanair

Tropical Transport Services   

Inactive **** - ****

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Vacation Airways   

Unconfirmed 1970s

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Vieques Air Link  updated

Active 1965 - date

^ Comments : Vieques Air Link started as a charter airline in n Oct1965 & registered as a corporation on 05Apr1967 by Osvaldo Gonzalez. Became a regular carrier in 1972. In 1989 Hurricane Hugo destroyed the entire fleet. Scheduled and charter services in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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Virgin Island Airways   

Renamed 1962 - 1969

^ Comments : Virgin Island Airways was renamed to Caribbean Air Service in 1969 & then to

^ Genealogy : Virgin Island Airways >Casair

Viva Airlines   

Not started (2003)

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Viva International   

Unsure 2004* - 2006*

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West Atlantic Air   

Unconfirmed (****)

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West Indies Air Transport   

Unsure 1992* - 1995*

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Western Air Services   

Renamed 1964 - 1968

^ Comments : Trade Wind Airways was formed in 1959. Western Air Services was taken over & merged to form Trade Winds & Western Airways in 1968. Ceased operations in 1975

^ Genealogy : Trade Wind Airways + Western Air Services +>Trade Winds & Western Airways

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