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#85500 - 04/29/04 02:25 PM flight timing...need info  
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Flight arrives Goldson, Belize City at 11:30 am. How much time do I need to pick up checked luggage & get to Mayan/Tropic Air terminal? Thinking I need to book the 1:00 pm hopper. Is that gonna be enough time? :rolleyes:

#85501 - 04/29/04 02:42 PM Re: flight timing...need info  
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I usually give an hour to clear customs, etc. So the Tropic or Maya 12:40P would work.

#85502 - 04/29/04 02:45 PM Re: flight timing...need info  
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If your flight arrives on time you should have enough time to get the 1:00 puddle jumper.

The terminal is very small and after you get your luggage you walk around a corner in the same building and are at the area for Myan & Tropic. There will be people asking if they can take your bags for you,its about a fifty step walk. It's up to you if you want help & don't mind giving someone a few bucks. I actually saw people who just arrived in the country and chose to have someone help with the bags and when they walked around and saw how close it was put up the biggest stink and didn't want to pay & caused somewhat of a scene. All that for a few bucks.

All I could think was I hope that clown is not staying where I am.

#85503 - 04/29/04 02:46 PM Re: flight timing...need info  
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Assuming your flight is on time, it should be enough. Keep in mind the distance between customs and the Tropic desk is measured in feet, through the door and you're at the tail of the Tropic line. Also, the schedule is loose. You get checked in and if you are on time for your scheduled flight, you may not necessarily get on it. Quite often people who didn't quite make their original flight are at the head of the line for the next one. If you have a res, you will get on a plane in the order in which you check in. At the end of the day, everyone is in AC. If you get in earlier, you could get on an earlier flight. Works out fine, so just relax and don't worry too much about meeting schedules.

On a separate note, we observed a situation last Jan. where a Maya flight kept calling for a passenger by name for boarding. He never showed and the flight left (for a mainland destination) without him. He showed up about 15 minutes later (I think he was a German kid, his English was limited, and he had been on the phone with his sister, who was awaiting his arrival). It was late in the day, no more flights to his destination, and he had packed virtually all of his money in his checked luggage, which was on the departed plane (kids, what can you do?). Maya ended up (very polite and concerned, gotta love these people)cabbing him into town, putting him up for the night, and scheduling him on the first flight out in the morning.

Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt
#85504 - 04/29/04 03:03 PM Re: flight timing...need info  
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Thanks, everyone! Figured it would work...just needed confirmation. Not too worried about maybe being bumped to a later hopper. We'll get to that island eventually. laugh Will only have our carry-ons & 1 piece of checked luggage, so we'll pull it around ourselves...pack light is a mantra. eek

#85505 - 04/29/04 10:51 PM Re: flight timing...need info  
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Bobber - Great story! That kid will be a traveler for life and a fan of Belize forever!

#85506 - 05/03/04 09:24 AM Re: flight timing...need info  
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How about on the return trip? How much time should you allow when leaving San Pedro to catch your return at BZE?

#85507 - 05/03/04 09:57 AM Re: flight timing...need info  
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Jack and Rose Offline
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We had 2:15 departure Belize City. We left AC on 12:00 flight, plenty of time,we even had some lunch.

#85508 - 05/03/04 10:11 AM Re: flight timing...need info  
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The one thing I always found extremely helpful is that when the stewartesses hand out the declaration forms... fill them out immediately. It seems everyone waits until they've landed and then they start filling them out... that is the major holdup. If yours is already filled out, then you pop right into line. I am never in line for moe than 10 minutes when I land.

#85509 - 05/03/04 12:49 PM Re: flight timing...need info  
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getann Offline
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1:00 should work. Fly Tropic!! Don't let them carry your bags. Do it yourself. It is only 15 to 20 ft. Have a great time!

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