Tropic Air held the official inauguration ceremonies for its new San Ignacio passenger and cargo service on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. The ribbon was also cut on its new terminal facilities at Maya Flats Airstrip which will serve the people of San Ignacio, Santa Elena, Benque Viejo and surrounding areas.
In addition, the new route will serve to link the area resorts with those in the rest of the country. This will make travel easier, increase tourism, and further enhance the diversity of the available tourism product for Cayo.
Mayors of San Ignacio Town, Benque Viejo del Carmen and of San Pedro Town were present at the inaugural ceremony and they all reiterated how the entire surrounding areas will benefit from the new flight service by helping with increasing tourism and jobs, not only in the towns of San Ignacio/Santa Elena and Benque Viejo, but also for the nearby villages.
New Tropic Air Terminal at Maya Flats, San Ignacio, Cayo District
“I congratulate Tropic Air for it continued serviced to the country of Belie and for being pioneers in the industry,” commented Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism and Culture. “Record numbers of tourist arrivals have been recorded in 2012 and this new flight destination to San Ignacio will most definitely help increase tourism activity in the Cayo District, which is one of the top three destinations in the country.”
The new service is a direct response to requests from its valued customers, and carries through on the airline’s stated commitment to be a partner in growing tourism for Belize.
“We are excited to add San Ignacio to our route network. It is an integral part of the growth strategy for Tropic Air and for tourism in Belize, and we hope to add flights in the coming months” said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “When we serve a community, not only do we provide the flights, but we provide jobs, economic opportunities, and become part of the community. We become Cayo.”
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, “glass cockpit”, 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.
John Greif III, President of Tropic Air (far right) with special invited guests Mayors from San Pedro, San Ignacio and Benque Viejo del Carmen and Belize's Minister of Tourism