People in Costa Rica who are looking for a convenient way to travel within the country can fly out of Tobías Bolaños International Airport
, an air hub located near the capital city of San Jose
The airport was opened on December 21, 1975, replacing an older facility situated in La Sabana. The airfield was named for Tobías Bolaños Palma, the first plot in Costa Rica. Bolaños served in the French army during World War I, and he was given a lifetime pension from the government of France in recognition of his service.
Home of Aerobell Air Charter
Tobías Bolaños is situated in the district of Pavas, an area just a few miles outside the city center of San Jose. The airport is the country's main hub for chartered domestic air travel and is the home of Aerobell Air Charters
. From Tobías Bolaños, the airline operates service to Costa Rican destinations like Arenal, Tortuguero, Golfito, Palmar Sur, Puerto Jimenez, Drake Bay, Quepos, Tambor, Punta Islita, Nosara, Tamarindo and Liberia as well as Managua, Nicaragua, and Bocas del Toro, Panama. Additionally, several carriers based at Tobías Bolaños operate different domestic and international charter flights throughout the region.
Close to San Jose
Because of its location in an upscale part of San Jose, Tobías Bolaños frequently serves elite Costa Rican travelers. Additionally, many diplomats who work at the nearby U.S. embassy use the airport as a base for their travel around the country. Several governmental bodies also operate facilities at the hub, including the airport police, customs, meteorology, drug control, intelligence and security agencies. Overall, Tobías Bolaños served approximately 104,000 passengers in 2009, making it the 13th-busiest airport in Central America and the third-busiest in Costa Rica.
People traveling through Tobías Bolaños will enjoy its modern facilities, which include domestic and international passenger terminals and a high-tech control tower. Additionally, the airport also features schools for aviation mechanics and airplane and helicopter pilots.
Many travelers also choose to take advantage of shuttle service provided by Nature Air between Tobías Bolaños and Juan Santamaria International Airport, the main gateway through which foreign visitors enter Costa Rica. The carrier operates shuttles approximately every two hours, allowing passengers to travel within Costa Rica as soon as they arrive in the country and to easily make their international connections when they are flying home.