Juan Santamaria International Airport (IATA: SJO, ICAO: MROC) is located in Alajuela Province, about 20 km (12 mi) from downtown San Jose, Costa Rica. It is a hub airport for TACA/Lacsa, and focus city airport for Copa Airlines. It is named after Costa Rica's national hero Juan Santamaria, a courageous drummer boy who died in 1856 defending his country against forces led by US-American filibuster William Walker.
The airport, which is Costa Rica's primary international airport, serves a great number of tourists from Canada, Europe and the United States. There are three other international airports in the country, but of those only the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste is served by major airlines. Currently, Juan Santamaria with 4.1 million passengers, is the second busiest airport in Central America after Tocumen International Airport in Panama.
The airport's main runway allows for operations of large, widebody aircraft. Currently some scheduled flights are operated with Airbus A330 and A340, and Boeing 747 and 767, for both passengers and freight.