Flying to Nicaragua

Managua´s International Airport (MGA) is the main port of entry for international air travelers, followed by the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border crosspoint of Peñas Blancas. Honduras-Nicaragua has multiple points of entry by land.

For the convenience of tourists, we will list the IATA airport code below for the most popular points of origin.

Nicaragua's International Airports

MGA - Managua International Airport, also called Augusto Cesar Sandino Airport or Aeropuerto Las Mercedes served by all major international airlines, including American, Delta, United, Spirit, Avianca-Taca, Copa, AeroMexico.

ECI - Aeropuerto Internacional Costa Esmeralda, Nicaragua's second international airport located in Rivas, about 2:30 hrs from Managua, served by one regional airline SANSA with 4 times per week flights from San Jose Costa Rica, and charter planes.

Nicaragua's National Airports

The IATA code of local airports below are served by a national airline to and from MGA Managua airport.

BZA - Bonanza, RAAN

SIU - Siuna, RAAN

WPM - Waspan, RAAN

PZA - Puerto Cabezas, RAAN

BLU - Bluefields

CIS - Corn Island

CENTRAL AMERICAN & MEXICO Airports Connecting with MGA Airport

These are the Central American and Mexican airports (IATA code) with direct (*) or one stop connection with Managua Airport (MGA):

Code - City, Country

MEX - Mexico City, Mexico *

PTY - Panamá City, Panama *

SJO - San José, Costa Rica *

SAL - San Salvador, El Salvador *

GUA - Guatemala City, Guatemala *

LIR - Liberia, Costa Rica

BZE - Belize City, Belize

SAP - San Pedro Sula, Honduras *

TGU - Tegucigalpa, Honduras *

RTB - Roatán, Honduras

DAV - David, Panama

PAC - Panamá City, Panama

LCE - La Ceiba, Honduras

BLB - Panamá City, Panama

FRS - Flores/Tikal, Guatemala

RIH - Río Hato, Panama

CUN - Cancun, Mexico

PVT - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

MTY - Monterrey, Mexico


If you fly to Costa Rica, there are several inexpensive land options to reach Nicaragua, one is from San Jose (SJO) you take a regional bus (Nicabus, Ticabus) to Managua. From Liberia (LIR), Guanacaste, Costa Rica you may take a local bus (about 1 hour) to the border or a local taxi and coordinate with a pick up service from Nicaragua, companies like Budget Rent a Car offer the pick up service at Piedras Negras border crossing.

For a full list of roads and cities in Nicaragua visit our page here.

South American & Caribbean Airports Connecting with MGA Airport

These airports connect with Managua via a third airport, typically Panama, El Salvador, Miami or Atlanta:

Code - City, Country

GRU - São Paulo, Brazil

BOG - Bogotá, Colombia

CGH - São Paulo, Brazil

GIG - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

BSB - Brasília, Brazil

SCL - Santiago, Chile

LIM - Lima, Peru

CCS - Caracas, Venezuela

CNF - Belo Horizonte, Brazil

AEP - Buenos Aires, Argentina

VCP - Campinas, Brazil

SDU - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

SSA - Salvador, Brazil

EZE - Buenos Aires, Argentina

POA - Porto Alegre, Brazil

REC - Recife, Brazil

CWB - Curitiba, Brazil

FOR - Fortaleza, Brazil

UIO - Quito, Ecuador

MDE - Medellín, Colombia

SJU - San Juan, Puerto Rico

PUJ - Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic

HAV - Havana, Cuba

MBJ - Montego Bay, Jamaica

SDQ - Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic

NAS - Nassau, the Bahamas

POS - Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

AUA - Aruba, the Netherlands

PTP - Pointe-à-Pitre, France

BGI - Bridgetown, Barbados

FDF - Fort-de-France, France

CUR - Curaçao, the Netherlands

SXM - St. Maarten, the Netherlands

KIN - Kingston, Jamaica

PAP - Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

STT - Saint Thomas, the United States Virgin Islands

STI - Santiago, the Dominican Republic

ADZ - San Andrés, Colombia

VRA - Varadero, Cuba

GCM - Grand Cayman, the Cayman Islands

TAB - Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago

POP - Puerto Plata, the Dominican Republic

ANU - Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

UVF - Vieux Fort Quarter, Saint Lucia

BQN - Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

BON - Bonaire, the Netherlands

STX - Saint Croix, the United States Virgin Islands

SKB - Saint Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis

EIS - Tortola, the British Virgin Islands

SLU - Castries, Saint Lucia

SCU - Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

LRM - La Romana, the Dominican Republic

PSE - Ponce, Puerto Rico

VQS - Vieques, Puerto Rico

AZS - Samaná, the Dominican Republic

NORTH American Airports Connecting with MGA Airport

These airports connect with Managua directly (*) or via a third airport, typically San Salvador, Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, or Houston.

Since the list of US airports is enormous, this list only includes the IATA code of those where most traffic originates from whose final destination is Nicaragua:

Code - City, Country

MIA - Miami, FL *

ATL - Atlanta, GA *

IAH - Houston, TX *

FLL - Fort Lauderdale, FL *

LAX - Los Angeles, CA

JFK - New York, NY

ORD - Chicago, IL

DFW - Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

DEN - Denver, CO

SFO - San Francisco, CA

SEA - Seattle/Tacoma, WA

LAS - Las Vegas, NV

MCO - Orlando, FL

EWR - New York/Newark, NJ

CLT - Charlotte, NC

PHX - Phoenix, AZ

BOS - Boston, MA

MSP - Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

DTW - Detroit, MI

PHL - Philadelphia, PA

LGA - New York, NY

BWI - Baltimore/Washington, D.C., MD

SLC - Salt Lake City, UT

SAN - San Diego, CA

IAD - Washington, D.C., VA

DCA - Washington, D.C., VA

TPA - Tampa, FL

YYZ - Toronto , Canada

YVR - Vancouver , Canada

YUL - Montréal , Canada

YYC - Calgary , Canada

YOW - Ottawa , Canada

YWG - Winnipeg , Canada

YHZ - Halifax , Canada

YEG - Edmonton , Canada

YYJ - Victoria , Canada

YQB - Québec City , Canada

YLW - Kelowna , Canada

YXE - Saskatoon , Canada

WORLD Airports Connecting with MGA Airport

These world airports connect with Managua via a third airport, and many times, two connections. The list does not include airports in North, Central or South America, which are listed above.

Since the list of world airports is enormous, this list only includes the IATA codes of those where most traffic originates from whose final destination is Nicaragua:

Code - City, Country

CDG - Paris, France

AMS - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

BRU - Brussels, Belgium

FCO - Rome, Italy

LON - London, England

MAD - Madrid, Spain

BCN - Barcelona, Spain

LIS - Lisbon, Portugal

LUX - Luxembourg

FRA - Frankfurt, Germany

MUC - Munich, Germany

BER - Berlin, Germany

MXP - Milan, Italy

VIE - Vienna, Austria

PRG - Prague, Czech Republic

OSL - Oslo, Norway

MOW - Moscow, Russia

ATH - Athens, Greece

BEG - Belgrade, Northern Ireland

HEL - Helsinki, Finland

DUB - Dublin, Ireland

BUD - Budapest, Hungary

BUH - Bucharest, Romania

IEV - Kiev, Ukraine

MCM - Monaco

SOF - Sofia, Bulgaria

STO - Stockholm, Sweden

WAW - Warsaw, Poland

ZRH - Zurich, Switzerland

PEK - Beijing, China

PVG - Shanghai, China

DXB - Dubai

HND - Haneda, Japan

HKG - Hong Kong, China

DEL - Delhi, India

ICN - Seoul, South Korea

CGK - Jakarta, Indonesia

SIN - Singapore, Singapore

BKK - Bangkok, Thailand

BOM - Mumbai, India

NRT - Tokyo, Japan

SAW - Istanbul, Turkey

HAN - Hanoi, Vietnam

TLV - Tel Aviv, Israel