Tropic Air Starts Flights to Cayo - 12/11/12 02:40 PM
Tropic Air started their flights to and from Cayo yesterday. The flight gets in from Belize City at 12:40, and then leaves for its return flight at 12:45.
Travellers to Belize will find it easier to combine a Caribbean beach vacation with a rainforest and Maya temple experience, thanks to today’s launch of a new air service linking Belize’s San Ignacio Town to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.
According to Tropic Air, their new service will run between the Maya Flats airstrip located midway between San Ignacio Town and Benque Viejo del Carmen on the Guatemalan border, and the domestic airports at San Pedro and Belize City.
“The new service is a direct response to requests from its valued customers, and carries through on the airline’s commitment to the people of Belize. It also will allow for the growth of tourism in both regions, facilitating easy and quick transfers for visitors, and for increased trade between Cayo and the rest of the country,” John Grief III, Tropic Air’s President, said.
“We hope that in the coming months, we are able to add flights and other destinations from San Ignacio,” he added.
Mr Waight said that the new service will compliment Chaa Creek’s all-inclusive Belize vacation packages that allow guests to divide their time between Chaa Creek’s luxury rainforest experience and holidays at select Caribbean resorts.
“Tropic Air’s continuing enhancement of services makes it all that easier for our guests to combine a stay on Belize’s Great Barrier Reef, Ambergris Caye or one of our Caribbean coast partners. Our all-inclusive rainforest to Reef packages mean that guests are catered to from the moment they arrive at Belize’s International Airport until we drop them back off. And now Tropic Air just made these exceptional and affordable vacations even easier,” Mr Waight said.
Tropic Air was started by Mr Greif in 1972, beginning with one airplane and two employees. The airline now operates a fleet of 12 aircraft servicing 14 destinations in Belize, Honduras and Guatemala. Tropic Air employs over 250 staff and carried some 250,000 passengers in 2011.
The Lodge at Chaa Creek was started by Mick and Lucy Fleming in 1981 who, with the help of a few employees and local villagers turned their small family farm into Belize’s first eco resort. Chaa Creek is now a 365 acre private rainforest nature reserve with a Natural History Centre, working Butterfly Farm, professional Hilltop Spa, fine dining restaurant and lounge and employs over 135 people.
“We watched Tropic Air, Belize’s Caribbean Sea resorts and indeed all of Belize grow alongside Chaa Creek, and it’s just great to see how our growth complements each other to give our visitors the best possible experience.
“Now, with Tropic Air expanding services we’ll continue to develop our Rainforest to Reef affordable vacation deals to give travellers even more Belize vacation options and greater flexibility. It’s just another indication of Belize’s maturity as a premier travel destination,” Mr Waight said.
Tropic Air has added a new destination to their stops. Maya Flats air strip is located in the heart of the Maya Mountains, Cayo District. The air strip is only five miles from San Ignacio town and two miles from Benque Viejo del Carmen. The strip was officially inaugurated on Wednesday, December 12th in a brief ceremony. Invited to attend this inauguration were: Mayor of San Pedro, Daniel Guerrero; Mayor of San Ignacio, John August; Mayor of Benque Viejo, Miguel Velasquez; Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr.; Chairman of the Belize Tourism Industry Association, Michael Simmons and President of Tropic Air, John Greif III.
The flight is about 45 minutes directly from San Pedro to Maya Flats. It takes you through amazing scenery of both the Caribbean Sea and the mountainous forests of Belize. This new flight brings the best of both worlds together; it is the surf and turf of Belize. The plane lands on an unpaved run way, and as you step out of the plane, you are met with a most beautiful landscape that leaves you breathless. Cayo District is considered to be one of the top beauties of the country â€“ and she boasts greenery and mountainous regions that hide all manner of wonderful places to explore. It is no wonder that Tropic Air has ventured deeper into the territory to make traveling and exploring easier for Belizeans and visitors alike!
The ceremony was short and sweet, and speaking at the event was Mayor Guerrero, who was more than happy with the connection between San Pedro and Cayo due to the tourism industry. Both Simmons and Velasquez believe that with this new flight, Cayo will receive a higher influx of tourism, thus creating employment opportunities and boosting the economy of the district. The connection between San Pedro and Cayo is monumental, since both hold major tourist attractions. According to Minister Heredia, this air strip was a necessity in our countryâ€™s growing tourism industry to keep up with the larger numbers of tourists visiting Belize.
Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun
New Tropic Air Terminal at Maya Flats, San Ignacio, Cayo District
The flight schedule for the new route is as follows
Flt# DEPARTS TIME ARRIVES TIME FREQ
941 San Pedro (SPR) 011:30AM San Ignacio (MYF) 12:40PM DAILY
931 Belize City (BZE) 011:50AM San Ignacio (MYF) 12:40PM DAILY
940 San Ignacio (MYF) 12:45PM San Pedro (SPR) 1:50PM DAILY
930 San Ignacio (MYF) 12:45PM Belize City (BZE) 1:20PM DAILY
Tropic Air operates a fleet of 12 aircraft, including the latest generation, â€śglass cockpitâ€ť, air conditioned Cessna Caravans, to 13 destinations in Belize, Honduras and Guatemala. With over 250 employees, Tropic will carry over 250,000 passengers in 2012.
Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the Ambergris Today
Tropic Air has been flying to Maya Flats airstrip, which is located halfway between Cayo and Benque, for 2 weeks now. The terminal is very nice, as is the new service from one of Tropic Air's 12 planes.
The San Pedro Sun said it well: "This new flight brings the best of both worlds together; it is the surf and turf of Belize. The plane lands on an unpaved run way, and as you step out of the plane, you are met with a most beautiful landscape that leaves you breathless. Cayo District is considered to be one of the top beauties of the country – and she boasts greenery and mountainous regions that hide all manner of wonderful places to explore. It is no wonder that Tropic Air has ventured deeper into the territory to make traveling and exploring easier for Belizeans and visitors alike!"
There is a flight from San Pedro that leaves at 11:30 and arrives here at about 12:15 and leaves for San Pedro at 12:30. I just called and that is current.