Inaugural Tropic Air Service Boosts Belize Travel

Travellers to Belize will find it easier to combine a Caribbean beach vacation with a rainforest and Maya temple experience, thanks to today’s launch of a new air service linking Belize’s San Ignacio Town to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s marketing administrator, Larry Waight said today.

According to Tropic Air, their new service will run between the Maya Flats airstrip located midway between San Ignacio Town and Benque Viejo del Carmen on the Guatemalan border, and the domestic airports at San Pedro and Belize City.

“The new service is a direct response to requests from its valued customers, and carries through on the airline’s commitment to the people of Belize. It also will allow for the growth of tourism in both regions, facilitating easy and quick transfers for visitors, and for increased trade between Cayo and the rest of the country,” John Grief III, Tropic Air’s President, said.

“We hope that in the coming months, we are able to add flights and other destinations from San Ignacio,” he added.

Mr Waight said that the new service will compliment Chaa Creek’s all-inclusive Belize vacation packagesthat allow guests to divide their time between Chaa Creek’s luxury rainforest experience and holidays at select Caribbean resorts.

“Tropic Air’s continuing enhancement of services makes it all that easier for our guests to combine a stay on Belize’s Great Barrier Reef, Ambergris Caye or one of our Caribbean coast partners. Our all-inclusive rainforest to Reef packages mean that guests are catered to from the moment they arrive at Belize’s International Airport until we drop them back off. And now Tropic Air just made these exceptional and affordable vacations even easier,” Mr Waight said.

Tropic Air was started by Mr Greif in 1972, beginning with one airplane and two employees. The airline now operates a fleet of 12 aircraft servicing 14 destinations in Belize, Honduras and Guatemala. Tropic Air employs over 250 staff and carried some 250,000 passengers in 2011.

The Lodge at Chaa Creek was started by Mick and Lucy Fleming in 1981 who, with the help of a few employees and local villagers turned their small family farm into Belize’s first eco resort. Chaa Creek is now a 365 acre private rainforest nature reserve with a Natural History Centre, working Butterfly Farm, professional Hilltop Spa, fine dining restaurant and lounge and employs over 135 people.

“We watched Tropic Air, Belize’s Caribbean Sea resorts and indeed all of Belize grow alongside Chaa Creek, and it’s just great to see how our growth complements each other to give our visitors the best possible experience.

“Now, with Tropic Air expanding services we’ll continue to develop our Rainforest to Reef affordable vacation deals to give travellers even more Belize vacation options and greater flexibility. It’s just another indication of Belize’s maturity as a premier travel destination,” Mr Waight said.

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