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.
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.
"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.”
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.
Flights can be booked online at www.tropicair.com
All photos courtesy Rebecca Coutant of www.sanpedroscoop.com – we greatly appreciate her assistance.