La legendaria piloto de Avianca que Efromovich despidió Maribel Porras was the first woman to command a Boeing 767 in Latin America. She recently supported the Avianca pilot strike and the airline retaliated by forcing her into retirement. A warning for anyone who crosses Bolivian-born tycoon Germá...Jump to post
La gran pelea de Germán Efromovich con su poderoso socio en Avianca (in Spanish) The former parrot cartel leader claims Efromovich secretly diverted millions of dollars from Avianca and its shareholders directly to his personal company and not to the holding. Meanwhile, don Efro claims señor Kriete...Jump to post
'Spotters': los devotos cazadores de aviones aptly describes the passion shared by a committed group of local aviation enthusiasts —among them fellow a.netters tomascubero and meneses24— that lives on in the post- La Candela era . How is BA doing in SJO now. Initially loads were bad Maybe routing i...Jump to post
SJOtoLIR wrote:timed to promote easy connections
Nature Air (5C) continues to capture a growing chunk (34%) of Costa Rica's domestic air travel market. A breakdown of the numbers, based on the latest available (2015) data, shows Sansa (RZ) has seen its market share erode to 53% while charter services (Aerobell, CarmonAir, Taxi Aéreo, etc.) are hol...Jump to post
written by Captain Luis Fernando Bruno related to the glory days of LACSA and the BAC 1-11 in Costa Rica The stretched One-Eleven 500 series not only offered improved performance, in the form of more powerful engines, but also was aesthetically more pleasing. 0000511 As a side note, Capt. Bruno, th...Jump to post
Los expatriados de la aviación tica (link in Spanish) is a suprisingly well-written piece on the legion of Costa Rican nationals who were laid off by the infamous and now-defunct parrot cartel (its later and no less evil incarnation fired another 200 tico employees almost four years ago) and are cu...Jump to post
Looks like the air operator's certificate issued to AirCostaRica by the local DGAC has been acquired by interests linked to Irelandia Aviation, same folks who own Ryanair and VivaColombia.
Welcome back, Richie. Will it be permanent this time?
Four 73Gs to start with on 01DEC. Inherits GUA via SJO from P5. Other international markets: MEX, CUN, PUJ, AUA, HAV, CCS, UIO and GYE.
BLB becomes fifth Panamanian destination served nonstop from SJO. Scheduled flights are currently available to PTY, PAC, DAV and BOC.
I wish there were more direct links, not just because the U.S. has restrictions in place that prevent transfers w/o visas, but also because IMO it would be a sign of additional sovereignty in the Americas if the U.S. would be circumvented. (...) I think it would be good for LatAm to boycott the con...Jump to post
Aerolínea hondureña a la conquista de nuevos mercados (link in Spanish).
Honduran airline EasySky will soon add TGU–CUN to its current once-weekly TGU–HAV and TGU–CCS services. TGU–TLC would come next.
What goes around, comes around (link in Spanish) is a short essay on Karma being such a cruel mistress. Lo mismo que TACA International había hecho con Aviateca, SAHSA, NICA y LACSA, ahora se lo hacía la aerolínea de bandera nacional de Colombia. (fair use excerpt) She can be awfully cold hearted, ...Jump to post
Avianca Holdings, the six-year-old subsidiary of Synergy Group formed by the merger of Avianca and TACA is rumored to be on the verge of dissolution according to a radio network belonging to CARACOL. (link in Spanish) El rumor que hay hoy en día en Avianca, es que se llegaría a la separación (...) n...Jump to post
Has Volaris made any progress on their Costa Rica plans? Additional time and paperwork needed for the certification process and safety authority but on schedule to take off sometime in 1Q2017, says the airline's CEO . (link in Spanish) ¿Cuándo comenzará a operar la empresa en Costa Rica? Tienen que...Jump to post
LTU932 wrote:I'm eager to see how things have developed in my abscence. First my transit stop in PTY in December.
would be nice to see CM at SJC! Unlikely. Failure of their recent alternate airport experiment at PBC underscored the need to consider the competitive advantages of nearby airports with well-established international air networks (e.g., MEX, SFO) and low cost services (e.g., TLC, OAK). Also worth n...Jump to post
Eight people were indirectly struck by lightning this afternoon at SJO. Six of them, mostly ground crewmen, were taken to the hospital. Three flights were diverted to LIR due to poor weather conditions.
Ocho heridos por caída de rayos en Aeropuerto Juan Santamaría (link in Spanish)
In other news, Volaris Costa Rica is now closer to getting its operator's certificate.
Volaris se enfila para arrancar su filial en Costa Rica (link in Spanish).
Several SJO-bound flights were diverted this evening due to dense fog over Alajuela. CM162 (738), CM458 (738), AA986 (752) all went to PTY, while LR730 (AT7) chose MGA instead.
LR621 (321) managed to land after spending a LONG time on a holding pattern over the Gulf of Nicoya.
Following a decades-long tradition started by LACSA with various symbols of tico identity, the first of two Air Costa Rica 733s is finally in the process of getting its new livery, which will include the national flag, a hummingbird, and the characteristic phrase Pura Vida.Jump to post
Political nominations are a joke even in Germany, so it's not exclusive by country. Think of the ridiculous nomination of Hartmut Mehdorn as the boss of BER, a man without any experience in the aviation industry, and who was unable to get AB back on its feet. Mehdorn is also the man who did everyth...Jump to post
Costa Rican construction company EDICA, founded in 1957, recently posted an SJO expansion update on its facebook page. Otto Guevara wants the DGAC boss, Enio Cubillo Araya, to be removed from his position for not fulfilling the legal requirements for the position of director-general for civil aviati...Jump to post
Spirit will cancel the IAH - Central American routes **NK IAH-MGA SEP 0.3>0.0 OCT 0.3>0 NOV 0.3>0 DEC 0.3>0 JAN 0.3>0 FEB 0.3>0 MAR 0.3>0 **NK IAH-SAL SEP 0.3>0.1 OCT 0.3>0 NOV 0.3>0 DEC 0.3>0 JAN 0.3>0 FEB 0.3>0 MAR 0.3>0 **NK IAH-SJO SEP 0.4>0.1 OCT 0.5>0 NOV 0.4>0 DEC 0.5>0 JAN 0.4>0 FEB 0.4>0 M...Jump to post
Further reading for those who might be intrigued by COOPESA and its peculiar nature/background. Although by no means a thorough or complete analysis, this information alone should allow for a more accurate discernment of its motivations and actions, within the broader context of a long and unhealthy...Jump to post
IMHO, in an event SJO moves to Orotina (with Coopesa), SYQ may be improved so to allow some kind of service to PTY/PAC, DAV and MGA. COOPESA isn't interested in moving to Orotina and they won't relocate to Liberia. The farthest they were willing to move was to the other side of the runway, near the...Jump to post
Avianca-Taca faces increasing financial turbulence and a higher risk of defaulting on lease payments, unless the Chinese (HNA Group) put up US$500 million soon. Pago de deudas, la presión para Avianca en la búsqueda de socio (link in Spanish) Contra el reloj y bajo una fuerte presión trabaja la alta...Jump to post
El Santamaría por dentro (SJO on the inside) is a 15-minute segment which aired earlier this evening on a local weekly prime time television news magazine. It does offer some insight into day-to-day airport operations at SJO, but quickly becomes a sales pitch for a much-hyped development and constr...Jump to post
affluent areas of Mexico City now have easier access to TLC than to MEX. If CM MEX demand rises and CM can't get slots, CM could well think of TLC, before returning to PBC Toluca is not only more convenient than PBC (roughly 1/3 the distance) , but it is already positioned as a low-cost alternate t...Jump to post
However, even with the announced new flights, PTY does not really offer a convenient connection timing for LH, with sometimes layovers of 5 hours or more: Lufthansa arrives at PTY at 4.40 pm, but the connecting flight for CCS leaves at 9.41 pm Copa arrives at PTY at 2.45 pm from CCS, and LH departs...Jump to post
yellowtail wrote:The timing couldn't have been worse for launch with Oils collapse
SJOtoLIR wrote:My hypothesis: lack of demand. It's that simple !
Copa Airlines has announced additional frequencies to/from Caracas and Maracaibo, as follows: CM232 PTY1542 - 1905CCS 738 X3456 (FROM 03JUL THROUGH 31JUL) CM233 CCS0855 - 1019PTY 738 X3456 (FROM 03JUL THROUGH 31JUL) CM232 PTY1542 - 1905CCS 738 D (EFFECTIVE 01AUG) CM233 CCS0855 - 1019PTY 738 D (EFFEC...Jump to post
There isn't even toilet paper available. Venezuela is definitely a failed state. After becoming annoyed by so many relatives and friends overseas asking him how was he coping with shortages, Agustín Otxotorena recently posted a series of photographs to his personal Facebook profile that paint a dif...Jump to post
Despite the political turmoil and economic recession, basic services are still operating in Brazil. Rio Declares 'State Of Calamity' Ahead Of Games Rio de Janeiro's governor has declared a "state of public calamity" (...) warns emergency measures are needed to avoid "a total collapse...Jump to post
DL is down to one weekly ATL-CCS flight. I wonder how much longer that will last. As someone pointed out earlier, DL converted its daily ATL-CCS flight to a single weekend operation almost two years ago. Oh! the hypocrisy of it all. AA, AM and CM have reduced flights to Brazil recently. G3 and JJ a...Jump to post
Venezuela is quickly becoming isolated. Isolated by economic powers eager to tap the world’s largest oil reserves. An overwhelming majority of Latin American and Caribbean nations defeated not one , but two of the most recent public relations stunts aimed at supporting the right-wing opposition's (...Jump to post