Nature Air

Nature Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1990
Hubs Juan Santamaría International Airport
Fleet size 6
Destinations 13
Headquarters San José, Costa Rica
Key people Alex Khajavi (CEO & Founder)

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] It is the world's first carbon neutral airline.[2]


The airline was founded in 1990 as Travel Air. In 2000 a tourism consulting company called Naturegate remodeled the airline together with a group of Costa Rican aviation experts and renamed it Nature Air.[3]

In 2004 they became the World's first Carbon Neutral airline through a government certified compensation program. 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[4]


A Nature Air Twin Otter at the Juan Santamaría Airport
Nature Air DHC-6-300 Twin Otter arriving at La Managua Airport, Quepos, Costa Rica.

Nature Air operates services to the following scheduled destinations:[1]




The fleet of Nature Air consists of the following aircraft:[6]

Aircraft In service Passengers
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 2[7] 19
Let L-410 4 19
Total 5

Incidents and accidents

The following major incidents and accidents have occurred on Nature Air aircraft:

Nature Air reported incidents
Flight Date Aircraft Location Passengers and crew Injuries
Fatal Serious Minor Ground or other injuries/fatalities
N/A[8] December 16, 2005 Twin Otter Tamarindo, Costa Rica 8 0 0 All
N/A[9] December 1, 2008 Twin Otter Tobías Bolaños International Airport, San José 15 0 0 0


  1. 1 2 "Costa Rica Domestic Flight Destinations - Nature Air". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  2. "Carbon Neutral Costa Rica Airline". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  3. "Airline in Costa Rica Nature Air". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Social Responsibility - Nature Air". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  5. "Nature Air Press Kit". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  6. "Our Planes - Nature Air". Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  7. "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 13.
  8. ", San José, Costa Rica [Sucesos]". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  9. "15 personas se salvan al salirse avioneta de la pista". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
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