Costa Rica is one of the major Latin American countries in Central America where tourism is booming. Thus, the need for airlines that travel inside Costa Rica is increasing and the government is working its best to supply the demand.
There are various airlines that travel inside Costa Rica both international, domestic, and even charter flights. The official flag carrier is Lacsa (Lineas Aereas Costarricenses SA), which has been established since 1945 and is based in the country's major airport in San Jose.
Lacsa operates international scheduled flights to more than 20 major destinations in Central, North and South America. Among those destinations are Bogotá, Tegucigalpa, Guatemala City, New York, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Toronto, Havana, Lima, Panama City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Salvador.
Sansa Airline is a full owned subsidiary of Lacsa and started its operations in 1980. It has approximately 9 Cessna 208B Grand Caravan and 1 Aerospatiale ATR-42-300. It flies to around 18 destinations within Costa Rica.
Another long running airline in Costa Rica is Air Charter Service. It has been in operation since 1970 and is divided into two major but different divisions: Aviones Taxi Aereo and Taxi Aereo Centroamericano. Nature Air Airline is based in Tobías Bolaños International Airport, San José. It has been operating since 1991 to provide domestic flight services and it was formerly known as Travelair.
Paradise Air travels to approximately 33 destinations in Costa Rica and is one of the leading Air Charter operators within Costa Rica, Panama and also in Nicaragua. Another one of the airlines that service Costa Rica is Aeropostal Alas de Centroamerica. It is a relatively new budget airline based in San José. It was established in 2003, although it began its operations in 2005.
There are two major airports in Costa Rica. First is the Juan Santamaría Airport which is accessible to the cities of San José, Alajuela and Heredia. The second is the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport located in Liberia in the Guanacaste Province.
Although the airport in Liberia is considerably smaller than the former, it impressively receives flights from major airlines like American, Air Canada, Delta, Continental, and United. These airlines that travel inside Costa Rica connects the country to international cities like Atlanta, Calgary, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, London, Miami, Newark, Vancouver, and more.
There are also several domestic airports in other major cities of Costa Rica. In Limon, there is one in the city itself and one each in Barra del Colorado and Tortuguero. In South Puntarenas, there are five domestic airports like the Carate, Coto 47, Drake Bay, Golfito, Palmar Sur, and Puerto Jiménez.
In North Puntarenas, there are two others namely: the Quepos Domestic Airport and the Tambor Domestic Airport. Because Guanacaste is the gateway to Costa Rica's fantastic beaches, they have for domestic airports which are in Carrillo (Samara), Nosara, Punta Islita and Tamarindo. Other domestic airports are Pavas Domestic Airport in San Jose and La Fortuna Domestic Airport in Alajuela.
As you can clearly see that access to air travel within Costa Rica is very easy and convenient to both the traveler and resident.