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#80144 - 02/11/04 06:01 PM Connecting flight in El Salavador
scubalover Offline
We're in the planning stages and have looked at flying on Taca out of San Francisco to Belize City with what I can only assume is a change of planes in El Salvador. There's a 30 minute connection and I'm doubting that will be enough time to get thru Customs and make the flight. Has anyone made that connection before? Is there a better alternative? I really don't want to fly from SF to Texas or Miami; one of the schedules I saw turned it into a 3-day trip!

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#80145 - 02/11/04 07:13 PM Re: Connecting flight in El Salavador
seashell Offline
Can't you make the Continental out of Houston, that leaves around 1 pm.?
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#80146 - 02/11/04 07:20 PM Re: Connecting flight in El Salavador
ckocian Offline
If you're in transit to a different final destination than El Salvador, you won't do customs. They'll just check your papers and you go to your connecting flight onward.

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#80147 - 02/11/04 07:39 PM Re: Connecting flight in El Salavador
Bueno Mosquito Offline
Scubalover,

It just takes a minute to go to the gate where the
Belize flight leaves.....No problem at all...
Dont have to go thru costums.
You will enjoy your flight with Taca...Great service!!
Fred =)

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#80148 - 02/11/04 08:24 PM Re: Connecting flight in El Salavador
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
The San Salvador airport is very nice, too -- modern, clean with some interesting little shops.

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#80149 - 02/11/04 08:33 PM Re: Connecting flight in El Salavador
scubalover Offline
Thank you everyone for your great information! I will just sit back and enjoy the flight (it's overnight, so will probably be sleeping) and look forward to starting the day in Belize! smile

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#80150 - 02/12/04 12:47 AM Re: Connecting flight in El Salavador
SFJeff Offline
'have taken the Taca red-eye from SF to Belize about a dozen times... only missed the connecting flight once and that was due to weather in SF. What HAS missed the connection a couple of times though has been our luggage. It's prudent to pack clothes for your first day/so in your carry on... our bags ALWAYS made it here, just sometimes a bit later than we did. Also a bit of advice, get to SFO EARLY!!! The line at Taca can take a LOOOOOOOONG time. There's good food/drink in the international terminal in SF, so check in early, check your bags and sleep on the flight! The Taca red-eye is nice as it puts you into Belize early enough to enjoy the entire day. Have a great trip!!!

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#80151 - 02/12/04 12:53 AM Re: Connecting flight in El Salavador
SFJeff Offline
PS: has anyone had the fried chicken they sell at/outside the airport in El Salvador??? Evidently it is the best fried chicken on the planet, as every time we fly Taca, 1/2 the plane is carrying cartons of it as carry-on luggage on the outbound flight back to SF. We've met people from El Salvador in SF who have gasped with drooling joy when we've mentioned it, yet we've never managed (because of the tight layover schedule) to get any... Good $$$ to anyone who can bring us a carton of it to Ambergris.

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#80152 - 02/12/04 05:47 AM Re: Connecting flight in El Salavador
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Yeah, that's Pollo Campero. It's a chain that has a location at the San Salvador airport. The KFC of Central America. There's also a location at the Guatemala City airport.

The company has opened a few locations in the U.S. In L.A,. for one.

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#80153 - 02/12/04 05:47 PM Re: Connecting flight in El Salavador
scubalover Offline
Thanks SFJeff... Am sure that it will be no prob getting to SFO early, is 10 pm early enough? I know Taca has a great rep for delaying luggage... I'll be shelping dive gear, too. Has anyone had a problem NOT getting their luggage? Even with that tight connection in El Salvador, it will catch up with me, right? Any recommendations for alternative ways to transport dive gear?
Thanks! laugh

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