Nature Air

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Nature Air
Nature Air logo.svg
Founded 1991
Hubs Juan Santamaría International Airport
Fleet size 6
Headquarters San José, Costa Rica
A Nature Air Twin Otter at the Juan Santamaría Airport

Nature Air is an airline based in San José, Costa Rica. It operates scheduled international and domestic services, as well as regional charter services. Its main base is Juan Santamaría International Airport, San José.[1] Nature Air claims to be the world's first carbon neutral airline.[citation needed]


The airline was established and started operations in 1991 and was formerly known as Travelair.[1] In 2000 the airline changed owners and was named Nature Air. In 2004 they became the World's first Carbon Neutral airline through a government certified compensation program.[citation needed] The airline tallies total tons of carbon released from the fuel burned each year in flight and ground operations. They then donate annual funds to FONAFIFO, a forest financing division of the Environment Ministry, to preserve important tracts of rainforest land in the Osa Peninsula.[citation needed]

To improve fuel efficiency a total of 7%, the airline has optimized flight schedules and routes, in-flight procedures and has minimized taxi time on the runways. Aerotica, a division of Nature Air, produces biodiesel fuel that is used in 90% of the company's ground vehicles and generators. The fuel is made from recycled vegetable oils collected from employees, local hotels and restaurants.[citation needed]

The airline also funds the NatureKids Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing language and computing education in the regions Nature Air flies to.[citation needed]


Nature Air DHC-6-300 Twin Otter arriving at La Managua Airport, Quepos, Costa Rica.
Nature Air DHC-6-300 Twin Otter landing at Tobías Bolaños International Airport, the airline's hub.

As of February 2012, Nature Air operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations:[2]

Nature Air also serves the following international scheduled destinations:[2]


As of July 2013 the Nature Air fleet includes:

Aircraft In service Passengers
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 02 19
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 02 12
Total 04

Incidents and accidents[edit]

The following were major incidents and accidents that have occurred on Nature Air mainline aircraft.

Nature Air reported incidents
Flight Date Aircraft Location Passengers and crew Injuries
Fatal Serious Minor Ground or other injuries/fatalities
N/A[3] December 16, 2005 Twin Otter Tamarindo, Costa Rica 8 0 0 All
N/A[4] December 1, 2008 Twin Otter Tobías Bolaños International Airport, San José 15 0 0 0


  1. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 54. 
  2. ^ a b "High Season Schedule". Nature Air Landings. December 2006. p. 74. 
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