Published On: Thu, Mar 6th, 2014

Inaugural flight to Belize leaves Mérida

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This new link between the capital of Yucatán and the capital of Belize means that a seven hour road trip between the two cities can now be accomplished by air in under two hours…

MÉRIDA, YUCATÁN.  Tropic Air’s inaugural flight between Mérida and Belize City departed from Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport on Monday afternoon, following a commemorative event at the airport, organized by the Yucatán Tourist Board. This new link between the capital of Yucatán and the capital of Belize means that a seven hour road trip between the two cities can now be accomplished by air in under two hours, providing some spectacular aerial sightseeing along the way. The flights are operated by 14 passenger Cessna Grand Caravan 208B aircraft, delivered factory fresh to Tropic Air. Being small aircraft, they fly much closer to the ground, meaning that the journey itself becomes an amazing opportunity to see an aspect of the Yucatán peninsula from the air that you would never see on the usual 737s and A320s that ferry most air travelers in and out of the region.

Cessna Grand Caravan V3-HHI which performed the inaugural Belize City - Merida - Belize rotation, pictured in Belize City.

Cessna Grand Caravan V3-HHI which performed the inaugural Belize City – Merida – Belize rotation, pictured in Belize City.

The intention is to expand trade and tourism between the two countries, and will also allow travelers from Mérida to make connections to Honduras, Guatemala, and 11 destinations in Belize including Ambergris Caye.

A short distance from Merida.

A short distance from Merida.

8000 feet above Yucatan!

8000 feet above Yucatan!

“We have been working closely with our partners in the Yucatan on this service, and we are excited to be flying there,” John Greif III, President of Tropic Air was quoted as saying. “We expect the market for this service to grow and we plan to add additional service as that happens.”

A pilot's eye view on Tropic Air!

A pilot’s eye view on Tropic Air!

Tropic Air flies from Merida to Belize on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, departing the white city at 2.00PM, and arriving in Belize City at 3.45pm. Return flights are also Monday, Wednesday and Friday, leaving Belize City at 11.15am and arriving in Merida at 1.00pm.

Just north of Belize City.

Just north of Belize City.

Flights can be booked online at www.tropicair.com

All photos courtesy Rebecca Coutant of www.sanpedroscoop.com – we greatly appreciate her assistance.

Questions or comments? Let us hear from you below, or send an email to stewart@theyucatantimes.com

By Stewart Mandy

 

Mexico Travel Care

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  1. Is that all we get for your ¨reporter¨tagging along for a free ride to Belize? A fairly useless report , in my opinion.

  2. Tully Mars says:

    Hey it’s only a grand R/T. What do you expect them to report? The great deal on saving you a four or five hour drive?

  3. Robert, unfortunately I was unable to ‘tag along’ on the inaugural flight as planned due to a stomach bug which hit at the wrong time. Hence the lack of any ‘on the scene’ details in the report. I am hoping to reschedule my trip to Belize in the future, at which point, you can be sure a lot more details will be provided!

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