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    Default Airline Summary .... Regional Flights

    There is one airline operating within Nicaragua.

    La Costena https://www.lacostena.com.ni/default.aspx#

    email: jcaballero@lacostena.com.ni

    Here is the latest equipment flyng to Big Corn Island:ATR 42 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATR_42

    Book early and arrive early.
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    The days of just showing up & getting a ticket are not as common as they used to be. I have made several trips to & from MGA since January & have had 3 last minute flights from CIS where I was lucky to get a seat. From MGA is less of a problem as flights will be added (by Costena) if there are enough people to warrant a trip. I would be hesitant to travel from the states & not have some idea of flight status. The owner of La Costena is good about returning emails & they usually have at least one person working the counter that speaks English (one of whom is Lampson the taxi man's niece).

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    Default This is embarrassing ....

    Does anyone have a working website for Atlantic or La Costena?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Corn Tom View Post
    Does anyone have a working website for Atlantic or La Costena?
    At this time of the year don´t be worried LCT, just show up and buy your ticket....

    I think what you are looking for is under transportation to and within Nicaragua somewhere....
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    The websites don't do resevations, just send an email to Costena's owner. Last Wednesday La Costena flew 3 planes here in the afternoon, 1 big 2 small. The flights to & from the Island have been pretty packed lately. The owner of Costena is good about answering email, jcaballero@lacostena.com.ni

    Here is the problem, if you are flying from MIA on the morning flight you can make the afternoon flights to the coast IF you don't have any delays. They will hold your reservation until 1pm, if you are not there by then & there are people on stand-by they will likely get your seat.

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    Default My plane does not get in

    until 3:00 pm.

    What tme is the early morning flight?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Corn Tom View Post
    until 3:00 pm.

    What tme is the early morning flight?
    This is the best site I've found for Atlantic, it has routes, schedules and fares:

    http://centralamerica.com/nicaragua/tran/atlantic.htm


    Haven't found much concerning a website for Costena, and my email to them a few weeks ago was returned.

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    They will tell you to be there around 6am or so. Easy to just stay across the street & walk over.

    Schedules for both airlines are very flexible, always check in advance when they want you there, sometimes they have earlier flights.

    Tom I would go over when you get in & make or confirm your reservation & see what time they want you there the next morning.

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    Default All fixed ...

    Julio arranged it promptly.
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    Default Atlantic Airlines Not Flying?

    This is wording from their website:

    "As of now, Atlantic Airlines will cease to operate for an unlimited period.
    We are sorry for any inconvenience."

    Anyone have details?

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    They ceased operations the first of July for "scheduled maintenence", no one has revealed the "schedule" & they are still not flying. Costena is picking up the slack & adds flight as needed. Be damn sure you have a reservation though, the planes have been at capacity & if they don't have enough people to justify an extra flight you will be stuck in MGA longer than you expected

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    A friend from the Island just arrived in MGA without reservations to Corn Island, he is 13th on the stand-by list for the morning flight & 27th on the stand-by list for the afternoon flight tomorrow.

    Just to give ya'll an idea of how things are working now.

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    Anyone know anyone that does private charter from Nicaragua to Mexico?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookshow View Post
    A friend from the Island just arrived in MGA without reservations to Corn Island, he is 13th on the stand-by list for the morning flight & 27th on the stand-by list for the afternoon flight tomorrow.

    Just to give ya'll an idea of how things are working now.
    I did two Managua-Bluefield round trips in the last ten days and from my experience I strongly recomend that you book in advance. If you do not book in advance it is best to try the early flight as they always put on extra flights in the morning if there are sufficent passengers. Arrive EARLY, around five am and get in line and you usually will get on the flight.
    If you are going to Corn Island and the space is really tight on both the morning and afternoon flights, you should consider taking the ten am flight to Bluefields, eat lunch and then take the afternoon flight from Bluefields to Corn Island. Since the Corn Island flight stops in Bluefields there is usually space available in the afternoon from Bluefields to the island. It costs around 40 dollars more but you get there.

    I spoke today with Julio Caballero (the most accessible airline executive in the western hemisphere) who runs the airline with his father and he said that they will start beta testing the new online reservation system before the end of the year. They also have sold one of the 33 passenger aircraft and are adding a new Cessna Caravan next week. They hope to add a 46 passenger ATR for the Managua-Bluefields-Corn Island run before January (if they get government approval).

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    Quote Originally Posted by renco View Post
    I spoke today with Julio Caballero (the most accessible airline executive in the western hemisphere) who runs the airline with his father and he said that they will start beta testing the new online reservation system before the end of the year. They also have sold one of the 33 passenger aircraft and are adding a new Cessna Caravan next week. They hope to add a 46 passenger ATR for the Managua-Bluefields-Corn Island run before January (if they get government approval).
    Julio is a gem, even tolerating unscheduled appointments with me and Miskito Alan when Alan was, well, somewhat under the weather! It is a tough environment for a domestic airline here as the government sets the fares and refuses to "negotiate" fare adjustments in any sort of logical manner. Even when oil was at its peak, La Costena could not win an approval to raise fares.

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    Default The Caballeros

    Julio and his father are among the unsung heroes of the DAC. Flying scheduled aircraft in tough conditions every day, dodging everything from cows to protestors and maintaining the most important transportation link between the Atlantic Coast and the rest of the world.

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    Default Re: Buses to Puerto Cabezas

    Just out of curiosity, how much does it cost to ride the bus from Managua to Puerto Cabezas? Where in Managua do the buses take off? How long is the ride?

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    Post Re: Buses to Puerto Cabezas

    Quote Originally Posted by doming00 View Post
    Just out of curiosity, how much does it cost to ride the bus from Managua to Puerto Cabezas? Where in Managua do the buses take off? How long is the ride?
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    http://www.therealnicaragua.com/vb/f...ead.php?t=7941

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    http://www.thebusschedule.com/
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    Default Re: Airline Summary .... Regional Flights

    I just updated the La Costena website. It seems to be quite functional now.

    MGA / Big Corn R/T is $165.
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