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COSTA RICA | San Jose
Juan Santamaría International Airport

MROC

A ground handling facility at Juan Santamaría International Airport, supporting trips throughout Costa Rica

Delmark Muir

On behalf of our team,
welcome to Costa Rica!

Our nation is known for having the happiest, warmest people in the world, and that warmth extends throughout our operations. When you choose Universal Aviation Costa Rica – San Jose, we will serve you with what is known locally as “Pura Vida.” Beyond our smiles, there is a foundation of professionalism, honesty and respect for our clients. Our goal is that service exceeds your expectations in reliability and effectiveness.

I look forward to working with you on your next trip.

Sincerely,

Delmark Muir

Managing Director
Universal Aviation Costa Rica – San Jose

Three different ways we can take care of your
ground support needs throughout Costa Rica

  • We operate ground support facilities at MROC and MRLB.
  • We can send our agents to meet you at any destination.
  • We can help coordinate ground support for any location.

Services

Ground support capabilities

Languages spoken Spanish and English
Customs and immigration? Yes
UVair® contract fuel available? Yes
Conference rooms? No
Limousine service and car rental? Yes
Crew accommodation arrangements? Yes
Security arrangements? Yes
Maintenance? Yes
Direct ramp access? Yes
Computerized worldwide weather briefings? Yes
Baggage handling? Yes
Permit coordination? Yes
Lav service? Yes

Flight support

RVSM: Implemented
ACAS/TCAS II: Required
ICAO Annex 16, Chapter II: No restrictions
RNP 5/RNP 10 airspace: Not implemented
8.33 MHz channel spacing: Not required
Airport fire protection category: MROC: 9

Directions

Directions to airport

Juan Santamaría International Airport is located in the province of Alajuela, just off Pan American Highway 1, west of San José. If you travel from the central valley (San Jos&eacute, Heredia, Cartago province), most of the roads will meet Highway 1 and follow the signs to the airport. If traveling from the westbound (Atenas, Jaco, San Ramon), follow the signs to Highway 1 and then to the airport.

Directions to office

Once you reach the Airport Blvd. area, Universal Aviation is located in front of the main entrance of the Terminal. Our operations office is located at the main terminal, on the ramp; our customer service and headquarters office is located in front of the airport building across street.

Facility contact information

Universal Aviation Costa Rica – San Jose
Juan Santamaría International Airport
Alajuela 8003, Costa Rica
Apartado Postal 42-4003

Location FAQ

Hours of operation 0600 – 2100 (24 hours on request)
Airport restrictions? No
Noise restrictions? No
Slots required? No
VIP passenger lounge? Yes – available in main terminal
VIP crew lounge? Yes
Air conditioning? Yes
Internet access/Wi-Fi? Yes
Digital newspapers No
Refreshments? Yes
Flight-plan filing? Yes
Restrooms? Yes
Showers? No
Prayer room? No
Hangarage? No
VIP catering? Yes

Recent articles discussing operating in Costa Rica

from our Operational Insight blog

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Hotel Considerations

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Hotel Considerations

Hotels in Costa Rica are generally of high standards, and business aircraft operators will typically have plenty of options to consider. Be aware, however, that during high-traffic seasons preferred accommodations are often scarce and will be difficult to secure last minute… Read more.

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Documentation & Local Area

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Documentation & Local Area

It’s important to be mindful of documentation and procedural requirements impacting business aircraft operations to Costa Rica. Something as simple as dealing with airport departure tax last minute has the potential to delay your flight… Read more.

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Flight Planning, Weather, & NOTAMs

For business aircraft operators, flight planning for Costa Rica is a straightforward process if the destination is an international airport. Additional considerations apply for any operation to domestic airfields within the country… Read more.

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Permits, PPRs, and Airport Slots

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Permits, PPRs, and Airport Slots

While Costa Rica is a relatively easy and business aviation-friendly environment, there are operating and parking limitations to be mindful of. Aircraft parking availability can be an issue during high season. There are no guarantees that airport authorities will approve a General Aviation (GA) parking request during the busy season… Read more.

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: CIQ and Agriculture

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: CIQ and Agriculture

While the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) process in Costa Rica is relatively easy for business aviation, crew members and passengers, passport validity, visa requirements, and vaccinations are considerations to be mindful of… Read more.

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Airport Operations

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Airport Operations

While landing permits are not needed for private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations, there are certain limitations and considerations that must be taken into account regarding airport options and Airports of Entry (AOEs) when flying to Costa Rica… Read more.

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

When operating to Costa Rica, it’s best to preplan aviation fuel uplifts, well in advance, particularly during high season (end of November till end of March). If you’re planning to depart during peak operating hours, it’s recommended to fuel on arrival or land with sufficient fuel to manage your… Read more.

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 2

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 2

Continuing from our last article covering ground handling in Costa Rica, there are some additional considerations when it comes to aircraft parking, in-flight catering, and using domestic airfields that you should be aware of when operating your business jet to this country… Read more.

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 1

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Ground Handling – Part 1

Costa Rica is a friendly destination for business aircraft operations. Ground handling quality is high at major airports, and most services are readily available. Still, there are many issues to be mindful of, including availability of services at your destination, customs and immigration services… Read more.

Tips When Operating to San Jose, Costa Rica

Tips When Operating to San Jose, Costa Rica

For business aircraft operators, setting up a flight to San Jose (MROC) is not a difficult proposition, and there’s nothing onerous from the regulatory perspective. But it’s important to work with your 3rd-party provider and the local ground handler… Read more.

5 Great Tech Stops Near Central America for Business Aviation – and Why

5 Great Tech Stops Near Central America for Business Aviation – and Why

Central America has excellent tech stops with fast turnarounds and trouble-free procedures for business aircraft operators. Airfields offer 24-hour operations, quick turns and usually do not require Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) clearance… Read more.

Contact Information

Contact details for Universal Aviation at MROC
Contact detail Location detail
Country: Costa Rica
Main office: San Jose, Costa Rica
ICAO: MROC
Other office(s): Liberia (MRLB)
Locations served: All of Costa Rica
Radio frequency: 131.00 MHz
SITA: N/A
Managing director: Delmark Muir
Phone: +506 2431 3946
+1 832 488 9928 (US Nbr, during office hours only)
+1 832 495 7166 (US Nbr, during office hours only)
Mobile: +506 8828 0591 (Delmark Muir)
+506 8819 2279 (Alexis Vargas)
Fax: +506 2442 0877
Contact us online: E-mail this location
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