Tropic Air to begin late flights

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 40            October 30, 2003

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This tourist season Tropic Air will officially begin operating later flights from Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) to Ambergris Caye extending their flight schedule an extra hour. For the past few weeks, Tropic Air's Chief Pilot Mike Kuhn has scheduled practice landings and take-offs with the company's pilots in preparation for the additional evening flights. Tropic's last scheduled flight from the International Airport was previously at 6:00 p.m. or until sunset. Now, the scheduled closing time has changed to 7:00 p.m.

    Mr. Kuhn explained that this extra hour gives Tropic Air the opportunity to transport their passengers in comfort and safety, without having to rush their flights. Usually, tourists who arrived after 6:00 p.m. would be provided with hotel accommodations paid by their international airline carrier. "In previous years, we have had situations where customers were left behind at the International Airport, but they experienced a difficult time in locating transportation and hotels to their liking. Now, all that is going to change since we have the convenience of late flights," said Mr. Kuhn.

    The Department of Civil Aviation has granted Tropic Air permission to fly until 7:00 p.m. between the dates of October 15th to April 30th. It was stated that during these months the skies retain sufficient sunlight to fly until 7:00 p.m. as compared to other months when the sun sets at 5:30 p.m. and the skies are dark by 6:00 p.m. The company is only allowed to use their Cessna Caravans for these late flights, and lights have already been installed on the San Pedro runway to guide incoming planes.
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