Maya Island Air to introduce regional flights

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 19, No. 24            June 25, 2009

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Maya Island Air's newest addition to the fleet.

Belize has always been regarded as the gateway to the Mundo Maya and to Central America and there is yet another reason to support that theory. That’s because Belizean carrier Maya Island Air officially announced that they are introducing regional flights that will connect Central America to Mexico.

    In an interview with The San Pedro Sun, Maya Island Air Chief Executive Officer Louis Zabaneh said that the regional destination will include San Pedro Sula in Honduras, Guatemala City and Cancun in Yucatan, Mexico. Zabaneh also said that it took them about a year and a half to get the new investment off the ground. Despite the global economic downturn, Zabaneh says that they are positive about their investment. “We are targeting the over 14 million tourists visiting these three areas,” said Zabaneh adding that, “we are looking at the strong demand for them to travel within these areas so we do see the potential of this market.”

    Maya Island Air has acquired two ATR French-Italian type airlines that have a seating capacity of 72 passengers. In order to allow passenger more comfort, Zabaneh says that they removed a row and the carriers will have a seating capacity of 68.

    When the flights are introduced on July 8th, Maya Island Air will have two daily flights from each destination, one in the morning and another in the evening. Zabaneh says that they will also have special prices for the month that the flights are introduced. Introductory round trip destination with one stop will cost US $199 and any additional connecting flight will be an additional US $99. Prices for August onwards will be different.
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