Avianca Nicaragua

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La Costeña
La Costeña logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations 1999
Hubs Augusto C. Sandino International Airport
Secondary hubs Bluefields Airport
Focus cities Bluefields, Corn Island
Alliance Star Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size 6
Destinations 12
Company slogan Wings that unite Nicaragua, Alas que Unen a Nicaragua
Headquarters Managua, Nicaragua

Aerotaxis La Costeña S.A., trading as Avianca Nicaragua, is an airline based in Managua, Nicaragua. It operates passenger services from Managua to 10 domestic destinations as part of the Grupo TACA regional system. Its main base is Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, Managua.[2]


The airline started operations in November 1999. It had 140 employees in September 2011.


Avianca Nicaragua operates scheduled services to the following domestic destinations: Bluefields, Bonanza, Corn Islands, Managua, Ometepe, San Juan de Nicaragua, Emerald Coast, Puerto Cabezas, San Carlos, Siuna and Waspam. They also operate one international service to Tegucigalpa Airport in Honduras.[3]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On July 20, 1999, Flight 046 - La Costena Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (YN-CED), was flying from Managua to Bluefields, when the aircraft prematurely descended and flew into a remote hillside in Cerro Silva, killing all 2 crew members and 14 passengers. A GPS device had been removed for use in another aircraft before the flight.[4]


As of April 2013 the La Costena fleet includes:[2]


  1. ^ IATA Shared Code with NICA Airlines
  2. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 103. 
  3. ^ La Costena schedule
  4. ^ Aviation Safety Network

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