Avianca Honduras

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Isleña Airlines
Founded 1981
Hubs Golosón International Airport
Secondary hubs Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport
Alliance Star Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size 6
Destinations 4 (scheduled)
Company slogan "Te hace diferente"
"Makes you different"[citation needed]
Headquarters La Ceiba, Honduras

Isleña de Inversiones SA de CV, operating as Isleña Airlines under the Avianca brand, is an airline based in La Ceiba, Honduras. It offers mostly domestic scheduled and chartered passenger flights out of its hub at Golosón International Airport.[1] It is one of the seven nationally branded airlines (Avianca Ecuador, Avianca Peru, etc.) in the Avianca Holdings group of Latin American airlines.


230x Isleña Airlines was founded in 1981 by Arturo Alvarado Wood. Revenue flights between La Ceiba and Roatán were commenced on 31 March. In 1998, Grupo TACA acquired a 20 percent stake in the company.[2]


In 2011, Isleña Airlines operated scheduled flights to the following domestic destinations:[3]

Further destinations were served by chartered flights.


As of January 2013, the Airlines fleet consists of 4 ATR 42-320 with an average age of 19.5 years.[4] The first turboprop aircraft of that type was put in service with the airline in 1996.[5]

Previously, airliners of the types Fokker F27 Friendship and Fairchild Hiller FH-227 had formed part of the fleet,[2] as well as smaller ones like Twin Otter, Short 360 and Let L410 Turbolet.[6]


  • On 4 April 1990, an Isleña Airlines de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter (registered HR-ALH) landed in the water short off the runway at Útila Airport, following a scheduled passenger flight from La Ceiba with 18 passengers on board. The two pilots claimed to have been blinded by the sun, thus misjudging the remaining distance to the runway. All occupants of the aircraft could be saved.[7]
  • On 3 March 1997, an Isleña Airlines Let L410 Turbolet (registered HR-IAS) did not gain sufficient height upon take-off from Golosón International Airport for a scheduled passenger flight to Puerto Lempira with 19 passengers on board. Following the retraction of the landing gear, the two pilots had applied a wrong engine power setup, and were forced to bring the aircraft down again in a belly landing, during which it was damaged beyond repair.[8]


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