TROPIC AIR WILL INAUGURATE SERVICE FROM BELIZE CITY TO CANCUN, MEXICO ON MARCH 25th, 2013
Tropic Air today announces that on Friday, February 22nd, after ten months of work, Tropic Air received a license from the Government of Mexico. Tickets for this highly anticipated flight from Belize City International Airport to Cancun, Mexico, are now available for sale. Effective March 25th, 2013, Tropic Air will launch 6 weekly flights (daily except for Saturday) between Belize City's Phillip Goldson International Airport (BZE) and Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún, Mexico (CUN). Tickets are on sale now through March 24, 2013 at an introductory fare of $309 round trip from Belize City to Cancun for travel between March 25th, 2013 and December 15th, 2013. Fuel surcharge, taxes and other conditions may apply.
Cancun is Tropic's first destination in Mexico and its third international route. Last year, Tropic added Belize City to San Pedro Sula, Honduras service to complement its existing daily Belize City to Flores, Guatemala route. This is in addition to its 11 domestic destinations within Belize.
"Cancun is finally within reach!" said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “We expect the market for this service to grow rapidly and we plan to add additional service as that happens. In addition, European and Caribbean connections via Cancun will now be possible for passengers who wish to avoid the long drive from Belize”.
Tropic's schedule between Belize City International and Cancun: DEPARTS TIME ARRIVES TIME Belize City Int'l (BZE) 11:30AM Cancun, Mexico (CUN) 1:15PM Cancun, Mexico (CUN) 2:15PM Belize City Int'l (BZE) 4:00PM DAILY (Except Saturday) ALL TIMES LOCAL
The new service bookable via the web at www.tropicair.com, via e-mail at email@example.com, by phone at (501) 226-2012, by contacting any of our stations, or your friendly travel professional.
Introductory Fare - Effective today up to March 24, 2013
The new service is bookable via the web at www.tropicair.com, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (501) 226-2012, by contacting any of our stations, or your friendly travel professional.
About Tropic Air Tropic Air operates a fleet of 12 aircraft to 14 destinations in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, and carried over 230,000 passengers in 2012. For 34 years Tropic Air has been a leader in the airline business in Belize, and employs over 250 people.
Tropic Air has announced that it will be starting flights to Cancun, Mexico just in time for the Easter break. The first flight is scheduled for March twenty-fifth on Tropic’s twelve-seater caravan. There will be six flights weekly and if you are interested in heading north, you can catch a promotional rate for tickets that the airline is offering. News Five Isani Cayetano asked Tropic’s top executive if it is a risky venture.
Isani Cayetano, Reporting
Visitors to Cancun, Mexico can once again enjoy the comfort of air travel from neighboring Belize. The hour-long flight had been offered by a different carrier a few years ago but that venture proved to be unsuccessful. In keeping with plans to expand its local and regional scope Tropic Air has decided to fly to that destination.
John Greif III
John Greif III, President, Tropic Air
“Tropic has had Cancun on our watch list for a decade; actually we operated flights there in the nineties but the timing was wrong—there was an American recession and it didn’t work out. So we’ve had a close eye on it for over ten years and we just decided that the time is right.”
“Most Belizeans traveling to Cancun think of this commute by road as opposed to flying in an aircraft that lands you directly at the airport in Cancun. In terms of what can be expected with prices and scheduling and what have you, what can be looked forward to?”
John Greif III
“Well we see that as the type of passengers that we’ll be getting. So a family in Belize City that wanted to go to Chicago could fly to Cancun and then get on a cheap flight from Cancun to Chicago. The ride is four, five hours I guess; I’ve actually never done it and the flight will be less than an hour and a half. Initially, the price will be three hundred and nine dollars U.S. roundtrip and to that you will have to add fuel service charge which changes with the price of fuel and of course all the taxes that the government charges you. But we still think, when coupled with the cheap flights onward, we still think it is a reasonable proposition and we are looking forward to getting a lot of that kind of business.”
Flying to Cancun as a scheduled trip was initiated by Maya Island Air Regional in July 2009, but while they had a solid business plan the venture was not lucrative.
John Greif III
“Timing is important. I think they had an excellent idea; I think they did a lot of things right. The one critical thing they did wrong and it’s super important in the aviation industry is the type of equipment, in other words, the aircraft. They were using a seventy-seater. We think that is way, way too big and we think the aircraft that we operate, the caravans in a twelve seat configuration would be perfect. We are not actually going to put as many people on the Cancun flight as we do domestically with fourteen. We are going to have a pilot, a co-pilot and twelve passengers. So people will be able to stretch out a little more.”
“We’re talking about fuel-efficiency based on the size of the aircraft?”
John Greif III
“Correct. Maya, I think, went with the seventy-seater because it is much more fuel efficient when it is full; it is a high speed aircraft with retractable landing gear. So theoretically, had they been able to fill the planes up and offer more than one flights a day, they could have driven the price down. The caravan is not retractable gears, less efficient over long distances and that’s why the price seems a little bit high if you are used to buying tickets on a jet airline.”
“Now Mister Grief for this particular venture, it seems as though you would have to come up with capital for this investment. Is this a sizeable investment in terms of expanding the company’s reach?”
John Greif III
“It is, but you know nothing ventured nothing gained. By the time we project to start making profit on this route, we would have spent two hundred thousand U.S. dollars, but we have to grow. We’ve expanded everywhere we can in Belize. We are going to Cayo, to Belmopan, to Orange Walk; to all these, what for us we would have never thought it would have been profitable routes. But we have expanding into there and we are at least breaking even if not making money. So to grow, we have to go internationally. So that’s why we have refocused on Flores, Petén. We are going daily to San Pedro, Sula Honduras. We’ll soon be going to Roatan and Cancun. We did Cancun next because there is just so much demand for it.”
“Explain the rationale behind flying out of the PGIA as opposed to another hub that is probably closer geographically to Cancun.”
John Greif III
“Good question. We seriously considered operating out of San Pedro. It is from one tourist destination to another, it is closer so it would have knocked twenty or thirty minutes off the flight—put you in the aircraft for an hour instead of significantly over an hour—but there are no connections in San Pedro; there is no full-time customs and immigration here at our terminal building or at the airport for that matter. So we decided initially anyway that we would try it out of the Goldson because it is a better connection for people who might be coming in on other international flights or the need to make international flights when they land in Belize. One of the possibilities is that Belize is just the transit point to go on to Honduras, Guatemala, other areas.”
Tropic Air has been operating in Belize for over thirty years and has built a solid reputation as a Belizean company hiring over two hundred and fifty employees. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.
The airline already flies to Guatemala and Honduras.
Tropic Air Bridges Airways Between Belize and Cancun, Mexico
Tropic Air today, Monday, March 25, 2013, held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its inaugural nonstop flight to Cancun, Mexico at the Phillip Goldson International Airport, it’s 14th destination. The flight took four people over to Cancun, in what will be a one hour and twenty minute flight that shortens the travel time to the popular Mexican destination and makes important connections back to Belize.
President of Tropic Air, Mr. Johnny Greif III, commented that the airline is proud to bring back the direct service to Cancun which is an airway bridge to Mexico.
"It's a flight that will bring revenues to Belize with a hardworking Belizean airline, Belizean pilots and Belizean employees,” commented Mr. Greif. “The new land bridge to Mexico inaugurates shortly and we are very happy inaugurate this air bridge to Cancun, Mexico.”
Click here to read the rest of the article and see lots more photos in the Ambergris Today
It started out with a single airplane and two employees back in 1979 - but Tropic Air has grown to become the largest airline company in Belize.
With over 180 daily flights to 13 destinations in Belize, Honduras and Guatemala, the air company has now added another destination to the list. But it's not just any other connection; Tropic says it can take you to Cancun, Mexico.
The airline owner says it's a strategic addition as it willlessen travel time for passengers connecting with European, Asian and Caribbean flights who previously had to drive to and from Cancun or take a bus. John Greif told us more:
John Greif - President, Tropic Air "We've now inaugurated our flights to Cancun Mexico, which now gives us flights with all of our neighbors. We have daily service to Honduras and San Pedro Sula, to Flores in Guatemala and Guatemala City and now to Mexico. So much like the Government of Belize is inaugurating the land bridge soon; we're inaugurating an air bridge to Mexico today. Tropic at the end of the day really is a Tourist airline, so we're hoping that tourist component will be large but there's a big business component too. For instance; our flights to Guatemala are 20 - 30% business, so we're - you just never know, you just cast a big net and see what we catch. We start out very small; our philosophy is if you're going to fail, fail small so we're sending a 12 seat airplane and we're going daily except Saturdays, so we have a lot of - the costumer has a lot of flexibility. If we see that on Wednesday for instance we need more service, we'll send a second plane, if we see that at the end of the year that the route is demanding a bigger air plane, we'll put on a bigger airplane."
Steven Schulte - CEO, Tropic Air "Well the schedule is to Cancun, which we inaugurated this morning, is around 11:30 am arriving in Cancun at 1:15, departing at 2:15 and arriving here at 4 o'clock. We actually think we'll tighten that schedule up, but we've left a lot of room in there. Cancun is a very busy airport, so we're going to see how it works out, and then we'll tighten the schedule up a little bit. It won't be quite that long of flying and maybe we'll have the airplane back here earlier. We'd like to get it back earlier because we want to take people on to Flores and Guatemala and to San Pedro Sula and Honduras."
Flights to Cancun will be daily except for Saturday's and the price is 399 U.S round trip. The airline also flies to San Pedro Sula, Honduras and Flores, Guatemala.
Flying From Cancun to San Pedro, Belize on Tropic Air – Ahhhh The Views
Great post from SanPedroScoop....
I decided to try to new (and more expensive) option. FLYING FROM CANCUN TO BELIZE. Ahhhh….flying. Tropic Air in Belize now does that flight. Every day of the week but Saturday. For full information on the times and prices, please check the Tropic Air website.
So, here’s how it all works. The Tropic Air flight leaves from Cancun at 3pm Mexico time. You are advised to get there 1 hour ahead of time. One hour for an international flight? I am liking this already.
You arrive at the Cancun airport to Terminal One. Erase from your mind visions of duty-free shopping and gorging at Starbucks. This is the terminal you didn’t know existed. Private planes and Maya Air (a tiny airline that flies around the Yucatan – mainly to Cozumel only).
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AIR INCREASES FLIGHTS
TO CANCUN TO ALLOW FOR SAME DAY EUROPEAN
Air today announced that it will be adding two additional roundtrip
flights between Belize International (BZE) and Cancun International
(CUN) Airports starting November 1, 2014. These flights will be on
Tuesdays and Saturdays, and will be in addition to the current daily
importantly, these two new frequencies, will allow for the first
time, our European visitors to connect southbound (same day) to
Belize in Cancun. Passengers will be able to transit in Cancun from
Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Paris, Madrid, Munich and Amsterdam
and get to Belize without cumbersome overnights. The current daily
flight already allows for similar connections to be made northbound
Tuesdays and Saturdays between Belize City International and Cancun
(BZE) 10:30AM (CUN) 12:15PM Tue,Sat
(BZE) 3:30PM (CUN) 5:15PM Tue, Sat
(CUN) 1:00PM (BZE) 2:45PM Tue, Sat
(CUN) 6:00PM (BZE) 7:45PM Tue, Sat
all other days the schedule between
Belize City International and Cancun will be:
(BZE) 11:30AM (CUN) 1:15PM M/W/Th/F/Sun
(CUN) 2:00PM (BZE) 3:45PM M/W/Th/F/Sun
This route has picked up significant momentum so that the airline has added two new frequencies that allow, for the first time, European visitors to connect southbound (same day) to Belize in Cancun. Passengers are able to transit in Cancun from Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Paris, Madrid, Munich and Amsterdam and get to Belize without cumbersome overnights. The current daily flight already allows for similar connections to be made northbound without having to overnight in Cancun.
The route now has daily scheduled flights throughout the week with the two new frequencies added on Tuesdays and Saturdays between Belize City International and Cancun:
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Flight with Tropic Air from Cancun via Belize City to Placencia