Juan Santamaría International Airport is the primary airport serving San José, the capital of Costa Rica. It is named after Costa Rica’s national hero, Juan Santamaría, a courageous drummer boy who died in 1856 defending his country against US-American forces. The airport is hub of local airline Nature Air and Sansa Airlines, and focus city airport for Copa Airlines and Avianca. The airport is the second busiest airport in Central America; in 2016, the airport received 4.6 million passengers.
The airport was built to replace the previous one in downtown San José. Funding was secured by the government in 1951 and construction proceed slowly until it was officially inaugurated in 1958.