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About Nature Air

As of 2022, Nature Air is no longer operating. Nature Air temporarily ceased operations in January 2018 but its operating licence was indefinitely suspended by the civil aviation authority of Costa Rica in May 2018. The civil aviation authority of Costa Rica states that the airline had a lack of aircraft in its fleet which was one of the reasons Nature Air ceased operations.

In 2020, Nature Air had plans to restart operations. The airline had plans to restart by providing various routes, using 50-seater jets, to ten Central and South American destinations.

Before suspending operations in 2018, the airline served destinations including Golfito, Barra Colorado, Liberia, Nosara Beach, Palmar, Puerto Jimenez, Punta Islita, Quepos, San José, Tamarindo, Tambor and Tortuguero. In addition to their domestic services, Nature Air also offered two international routes to Bocas del Toro in Panama and Managua in Nicaragua.

Nature Air was founded in 2003 and operated up until 2018 as a privately owned airline, based at San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. Nature Air was a regional airline based in Costa Rica that offered scheduled passenger services around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua. It also offered chartered services with its turboprop aircraft, the Cessna 208 Grand Caravan. Nature Air used to fly to around 15 destinations that were popular with tourists and prided itself on being the world's first carbon-neutral airline.

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Nature Air's Baggage

Please note: The following baggage information applied before the airline ceased operations. As the airline is supposedly restarting, the baggage allowance may change and will be confirmed during the booking process.

Checked Baggage

Nature Air permitted between 15 lbs and 40 lbs of checked baggage per person, which was determined by the fare class purchased.

Carry-On Bagggage

Nature Air permitted all passengers to bring one piece of carry-on luggage as long as it didn't exceed the 10-pound weight limit and a maximum size not exceeding 33 linear inches / 84 cm (length + height + width).

Check-In Information

Check-In Online

The airline does not currently offer online check-in.

Airport Check-In

The airport check-in times vary depending on the airport. It is advised to confirm the check-in times of the airport you are flying from to ensue you arrive with plenty of time.

Class Fares

Economy Class

The airline will supposedly resume operations, with standard Economy seating available.

Nature Air's Fleet

Before ceasing operations, the airline’s fleet consisted of Cessna 208B Grand Caravans, Twin Otter DHC6 300 Vistaliners, and other twin-engine aircraft. The airline will supposedly be resuming operations with 50-seater jets, however, this hasn't been confirmed yet.


Before ceasing operations in 2018, the airline flew to a number of domestic destinations.

The airline has announced that it plans to resume flights to the following destinations:

Domestic Destinations

  • Arenal, Costa Rica
  • Drake Bay, Costa Rica
  • Golfito, Costa Rica
  • Liberia, Costa Rica
  • Limon, Costa Rica
  • Nosara, Costa Rica
  • Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica
  • Punta Islita Airport
  • Quepos, Costa Rica
  • San José, Costa Rica
  • Tamarindo, Costa Rica
  • Tambor, Costa Rica
  • Tortuguero, Costa Rica

International Destinations

  • Bocas del Toro, Panama
  • Managua, Nicaragua

Frequent Flyer Program

The airline does not have a frequent flyer program.

Airline Alliance

The airline is not currently part of an airline alliance program.

Hub Airport

Juan Santamaría International Airport

Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) is the primary airport serving San José, the capital of Costa Rica.

Other airlines that fly to SJO include Sansa Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Copa Airlines, Air France, Avianca El Salvador, JetBlue and Volaris Costa Rica.

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Nature Air News


Costa Rica's Nature Air set to return to service

Nature Air was grounded on New Years Day 2018 following investigations into a crash. At the time, the Civil Aviation Authority in Costa Rica suspended the operating permit of Nature Air.

However, the airline announced in early 2019 that it was preparing to resume operations. The news comes after the settlement of a USD27 million insurance case against the airline. The case has closed without any further recourse to Nature Air.

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