- IATA Code
- Corporate Address
- Líneas Aéreas Costarricenses, S.A. (LACSA)
La Uruca, Diagonal a la Compañia La Pozuelo
Jan José, San José
- Main hub
- San Jose Juan Santamaria International Airport
- Costa Rica
- Business model
- Full Service Carrier
- Domestic | International
- Star Alliance
- Joined Alliance
- Association Membership
- Codeshare Partners
- Air Canada
Lacsa (Lineas Aereas Costarricenses) is the national carrier of Costa Rica, based at San José's Juan Santamaría International Airport. Lacsa is wholly-owned by the TACA Group and operates all services as part of TACA. Lacsa operates scheduled services from its San José hub to destination across North, Central and South America.
Location of LACSA main hub (San Jose Juan Santamaria International Airport)
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Avianca’s closure of its hub in Costa Rica has opened up opportunities for other carriers, particularly US carriers and Panama-based Copa. The Latin American airline group significantly downgraded its operation at the Costa Rican capital San Jose in late 2Q2013 as it cut five routes and reduced frequency on three others. Avianca previously considered San Jose as one of its four hubs but now calls it a focus city.
US carriers have been adding capacity to San Jose, with Delta launching service to Los Angeles, one of six destinations cut by Avianca. JetBlue has launched service to Fort Lauderdale.
Copa Airlines is also adding capacity to San Jose and will become the airport’s largest carrier in early Oct-2013, when it adds a ninth daily flight from Panama City. Avianca was using San Jose as a competing north-south hub although the number of transit passengers had been small compared to its other hubs and miniscule compared to Copa’s hub in Panama City.
Six carriers from Latin American airline groups Avianca-TACA and Copa are formally entering the Star Alliance on 21-Jun-2012, marking the first of several key alliance movements in the fast-growing Latin American market. The six carriers – which include two from Colombia and one each from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama and Peru – will temporarily widen Star’s market-leading position in Latin America. But the gain will not offset the upcoming loss of Latin America’s largest airline TAM, which will be exiting Star within 24 months. Star would find itself as the third biggest alliance in the key Latin American market under the increasingly likely scenario of TAM joining new sister carrier LAN in oneworld and Brazil’s other major carrier, Gol, being affiliated with SkyTeam.
Star has enjoyed the status of Latin America’s largest alliance since TAM joined in May-2010. Star has since accounted for about 20% of total capacity in the Latin America and Caribbean region, compared to about 14% for oneworld and 10% for SkyTeam.
Avianca-TACA is confident of a successful debut on the Colombian stock exchange after a profitable first year as Latin America’s fourth largest airline group. Colombia-based Avianca and El Salvador-based TACA completed their historic merger in early 2010, creating the fourth largest airline group in Latin America after LAN, TAM and Gol.
Weekly Reflections, with Ron Kuhlmann and the Centre. Headlines on 7-Oct-2009 announced that Central America’s TACA and Colombia’s Avianca were to merge. But behind headline, the back-story is far more intriguing. The actual plan involves quite a bit more than a simple merger - as the Latin American airline market gears up for titanic struggles.