Domestic flights in Belize

Old Jun 14th, 2019, 04:09 PM
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Domestic flights in Belize

Any preference between Maya Island Air or Tropic Air? I have a work trip to Belize coming up and am looking to avoid a bus trip of several hours from Punta Gorda to Belize City. Thanks.
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Old Jun 14th, 2019, 08:57 PM
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I’ve had good experiences with both, but after some really stellar customer service from Tropic Air I’ve chosen them every time in recent years.
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Old Jun 15th, 2019, 06:19 AM
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Some people have their favourite, but both airlines offer good service.
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Old Jun 15th, 2019, 07:22 AM
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Thank you, hopefulist and MisterB2. It's good to get input from both of you.
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Old Jun 15th, 2019, 08:41 AM
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We've used Tropic Air and were very happy with them, no experience with the other provider.
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Old Jun 15th, 2019, 08:56 AM
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Thanks, volcanogirl. That's two votes for Tropic Air.

Costa Rica and Panama are now down to one scheduled domestic airline each after many years of having two. Tinier Belize still manages to support two.
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Old Jun 16th, 2019, 06:51 AM
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Yes, sorry to see Nature Air go. Hope you have a a great trip.
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Old Jun 17th, 2019, 07:27 AM
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Thanks, volcanogirl. The trip will be to update the Fodor's guide to Belize.

It's always troubled me that Nature Air could crumble so quickly. AIrlines do survive plane crashes. Not to minimize the crash that occurred over Christmas 2017, but that was the end of the airline and it all happened very fast. There must have been something more wrong with operations than we realized.
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That's exciting; hope all goes well. I agree, it all happened so quickly, kind of shocking.
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Old Jun 18th, 2019, 06:52 AM
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Here's a TA post from a customer who has used both, and is satisfied with both...
https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopi...ize_Cayes.html
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We had an interesting experience on one of our Tropic Air flights. There was a kid on our flight who wanted to be a pilot, and the pilot invited the kid to fly up front with him and sit in the cockpit. Thought that was pretty cool. The security is so different than in the States. We were given laminated passes that said Tropic Air when we checked in, and then when we boarded they just took the passes. No seat numbers, rows, or anything.
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Old Jun 18th, 2019, 08:38 AM
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Thanks for the link to the TA discussion, MisterB2.

As long as the kid wasn't allowed to touch any of the controls, volcanogirl, I'm fine with that arrangement.
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I've gotten to sit in the copilot seat a few times - pretty cool.
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Old Jun 19th, 2019, 09:56 AM
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As long as they didn't let you touch the controls, hopefulist.
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Old Jun 19th, 2019, 03:59 PM
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They did not.
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hopefulist, that's so cool. Lucky you! We loved flying so low over the water; the water was gorgeous and so clear.
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All went well with Tropic Air, although I'm sure Maya Island Air would have been fine too. It started to pour as we landed at Belize City. When we came to a stop after taxiing to the terminal, this small army of their staff ran out to the plane with umbrellas for everybody.

Thanks for the recommendation.

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Glad your trip was a success - wow, talk about good customer service. What a nice touch.
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Old Aug 5th, 2019, 08:25 PM
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It really was.

Lots of new stuff is going on in the south. People in Placencia are fond of saying that they're going to be "the new San Pedro." That might be a bit of a stretch at the moment, but they are on their way to something. I had to laugh at the American couple I met over breakfast there one morning. They kept calling the place "Placenta."

And you know what? Even Belize City has a cool new hotel and a cool new restaurant to add to the Fodor's book.
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Haha, that's pretty good!
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