Bonanza Airlines Opens New Belize Routes

At Elvi's for lunch, from left to right: Melanie Paz of Amigos del Mar, Martin Trozzo, Marketing Manager of Bonanza Airlines, Gach Guerrero of Amigo Travel and a Merida tour operator.
Bonanza Aerolineas, based in Merida, started new routes servicing Belize on Thursday, December 12th. Martin Trozzo, Bonanza's Marketing Director, discussed their new venture at a lunch held at Elvi's Kitchen after the maiden flight. Bonanza, described by Mr. Trozzo as the "The Regional Airline of the Maya World", is now offering a number of flights connecting the Yucatan and Quintana Roo to Belize. Thursday's first flight was from Merida to Belize City and then to San Pedro. The passengers were Bonanza officials and members of the Merida tour operator community on a familiarization trip. At the same time the Mexican delegation was visiting San Pedro, a number of Belizeans in the travel business were visiting Palenque on Bonanza's first flight there from Belize.

Bonanza is not flying to San Pedro directly - they have made an arrangement with Island Air for the International/San Pedro leg of one of Bonanza's tour packages. Amigo Travel is their local representative. A one day tour to Belize from Merida to San Pedro , a trip to Hol Chan and return the same day to Merida. The cost? $270 U.S. A one day tour to Palenque from Belize City is also offered at a cost of $199.00 U.S.

Flights from Cancun are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. at a cost of $148 U.S.

Bonanza is utilizing 19 passenger Grumann twin engine airplanes for the flights. The airplanes have a bathroom and.... flight attendants! The flight time to Palenque is one hour and ten minutes, to Cancun, one hour.




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