COSTA RICA | San Jose | Juan Santamaría International Airport
A ground handling facility at Juan Santamaría International Airport, supporting trips throughout Costa Rica
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.
Universal Aviation Costa Rica – San Jose
Three different ways we can take care of your
ground support needs throughout Costa Rica
Ground support capabilities
|Languages spoken||Spanish and English|
|Customs and immigration?||Yes|
|Contract fuel available?||Yes|
|Limousine service and car rental?||Yes|
|Crew accommodation arrangements?||Yes|
|Direct ramp access?||Yes|
|Computerized worldwide weather briefings?||Yes|
|ICAO Annex 16, Chapter II:||No restrictions|
|RNAV5/RNAV10 airspace:||Not implemented|
|8.33 MHz channel spacing:||Not required|
|Airport fire protection category:||MROC: 9|
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 José, 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
|Hours of operation||0600 – 2100 (24 hours on request)|
|VIP passenger lounge?||Yes – available in main terminal|
|VIP crew lounge?||Yes|
|Oxygen Service Available?||Available with advanced notice, difficult to obtain in high season|
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