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There is only one international airport in Nicaragua. This means that all international airlines must land in the Augusto C. Sandino Internacional Airport in Managua. All Nicaragua flights originate or end in the Managua Airport. There is non stop air service from the North American cities of Miami, Houston, Atlanta, New York, Fort Lauderdale and Mexico City into Managua. American Airlines and Avianca both offer non stop service from Miami; Spirit Air has flights into Managua from Fort Lauderdale. Delta Airlines offers daily flights into Managua from Atlanta and United does so from Houston and Newark International Airport in New York. Aeromexico offers daily service from Mexico City to Managua. As of December 2012, Blue Panorama, an Italian Carrier is offering non stop service between Rome and Managua once a week.
In addition, the Central American Airlines, Copa (Panama) and Avianca (Colombia) offer an extensive network of connections using their hubs in Panama City, Panama, San Jose, Costa Rica and San Salvador in El Salvador. A small Costa Rican airline, Nature Air is currently providing air service between San Jose and Managua.
Although there is just one international airport, there are several domestic airports that reduce travel time and make it faster to get to these destinations. There is only one domestic airline, La Costeña, www.lacostena.com.ni. La Costeña is affiliated with Avianca airlines and offers service with a modern 50 passenger ATR 44 as well as with 14 passenger Cesna Caravan aircraft, which are ideal for Nicaragua because of its relatively flat geography. La Costeña offers two daily flights to Bluefields and Corn Islands in the ATR 44 turbo prop. These are the two best airports after the Managua airport that are capable of receiving medium size aircraft.
Recently, the Nicaraguan government has finished and put into operation three more airfields in the country, the first is the airport in San Juan de Nicaragua, on the Caribbean coast, very close to the border with Costa Rica, the second in the magical island of Ometepe, the third and last in the Tola area, very close to San Juan del Sur. All three airports are being serviced regularly by La Costeña.
Other airfields that have regular air service are San Carlos, Puerto Cabezas, Minas, and Waspan. As you can see, these airfields are mostly located on the Caribbean coast, either on the RAAN, RAAS or Rio San Juan Departments.
In addition, there are two hydroplanes that are usually parked in Lake Nicaragua or Cocibolca, in Granada, and can provide air service throughout Nicaragua as long as there is a body of water where they can land. There is no regular scheduled service at the time, but these aircraft can be chartered for special flights. The corporation, which is called Nica Wings is a partnership between Alliance Air Support Group of Canada and Etuasa, a Nicaraguan corporation. Differences between both companies have delayed scheduled operations and it appears unlikely that Nica Wings will actually provide regular air service in Nicaragua.