STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16564 posts, RR: 52 Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3423 times:
"Continental Airlines Announces New Nonstop Service Between Houston and Roatan, Honduras
Monday February 2, 11:04 am ET
HOUSTON, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL - News) today announced new nonstop Saturday service between Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Roatan, Honduras, beginning June 12, pending government approval.
Continental will operate a Boeing 737 with space for 12 customers in first class and 112 in coach on the Saturday-only flight to Roatan, located on the northern coast of Honduras and a favorite among scuba, golf and sport-fishing enthusiasts. The flight will depart Houston's Intercontinental Airport at 1:05 p.m. and arrive in Roatan at 2:40 p.m. The return flight will leave Roatan at 3:45 p.m., arriving in Houston at 7:30 p.m.
Framed by tranquil bays and mountain forests, Roatan is a popular gateway for eco-tourism in the diverse tropical region. Scuba Diving Magazine has ranked Roatan as the 10th-best dive destination in the Caribbean and Atlantic. With the addition of Roatan, Continental will serve all the top-10 dive destinations in the Caribbean/Atlantic on a scheduled or charter basis.
Continental Airlines is the world's seventh-largest airline with more than 2,300 daily departures to 126 domestic and 101 international destinations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. With 42,000 mainline employees, the airline has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and carries approximately 51 million passengers per year. FORTUNE ranks Continental one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America, an honor it has earned for six consecutive years. FORTUNE ranked the company highest among major U.S. carriers in the quality of its service and products, and No. 2 on its list of Most Admired Global Airlines in 2003. For more company information, visit continental.com . "
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31808 posts, RR: 72 Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3342 times:
Look for American's announcement of Miami-Roatan soon, most likely. No way is American going to let Continental one-up them. Currently in the US-Roatan market, Grupo Taca offers Saturday service from Houston and Sunday service from Miami, and Sol Air offers Friday service from Miami.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6102 posts, RR: 11 Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3314 times:
I can also see US Airways making an announcement of a flight to this increasingly popular destination (now that US wants to serve every vacation destination possible ) . That is if they are still around.
AA has let a couple of airlines announce new destiantions in Latin America befor they have-
for ex. Liberia (which they now fly to), and now Roatan- lets see how fast they react.
LatinAviation From Ireland, joined Nov 2003, 1276 posts, RR: 16 Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3292 times:
Just stay in the West End area of Roatan and not in French Harbour, that's from experience. Lauda Air Italty/Air Europe used to operate a weekly flight to Roatan, as well, but I am not certain if they still do.
Sol Air used to operate a weekly flight from Dallas on behalf of http://www.roatan.com. It was actually Sol Air's highest load-factor flight but never consistently made money for the airline.
Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6 Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3276 times:
It's smart for CO to schedule these once-daily flights later in the afternoon so they can catch all of the connecting traffic. However, why don't they do the same thing for their EWR-Caribbean flights?
With the exception of Port of Spain, which departs at 4:05 PM, why do all the Caribbean flights leave in the window of 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM? Almost no connecting flights can make it to EWR in time for pax to connect to those flights. Why doesn't CO make them easily available for connections? Also, what is the case with that POS flight? Any reason as to why its scheduled for the late afternoon instead of the morning like everything else?
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31808 posts, RR: 72 Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3251 times:
It's smart for CO to schedule these once-daily flights later in the afternoon so they can catch all of the connecting traffic.
IAH-RTB will be once weekly.
With the exception of Port of Spain, which departs at 4:05 PM, why do all the Caribbean flights leave in the window of 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM? Almost no connecting flights can make it to EWR in time for pax to connect to those flights. Why doesn't CO make them easily available for connections?
LatinAviation From Ireland, joined Nov 2003, 1276 posts, RR: 16 Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3229 times:
The NY-Caribbean market is almost wholly local. You'll notice that AA also schedules early morning departures from JFK to the Caribbean, but most of AA's Miami-Caribbean departures are timed for connections.
POS might well be the exception. I can tell you from my time at AA, that POS was scheduled later in the afternoon to allow connecting petroleum traffic from Europe and parts of the US that had to double-connect (principally Eagle cities in TX and LA). Could be the same for CO out of EWR with the European traffic?
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31808 posts, RR: 72 Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3217 times:
but most of AA's Miami-Caribbean departures are timed for connections.
AA offers mutliple daily flights between Miami and most Caribbean destinations. There are many morning departures as well, especially when the new schedule comes into affect on 1 May 2004. The most profitable passengers on AA's MIA-Caribbean flights are the Miami-originating ones.
Cmckeithen From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 617 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3138 times:
What a risk. I was in Rotan Honduras in December of 2003 and its not a pretty place to be in. Immediately you get off the cruise ship and all you see is trash, pot-holed roads, and children running up to you begging for money. The airport, is not all better from the city itself. I would risk a flight into Belize City Belize before I would into Rotan Honduras.
However, I believe that if many people (Americans) get the chance to go to Honduras and see what a 3rd world country is like first hand, they will STOP whining about what they dont have and realize that we have it REALLY GOOD here in the states.
Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6 Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3077 times:
Well CO already flies to BZE, so apparently it hasn't been much of a problem. I wonder if they eventually plan to codeshare with either Tropic Air or Maya Island Air - they will now serve two of their destinations.
Scottb From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6442 posts, RR: 33 Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2842 times:
Roatan/RTB makes sense because CO will be able to sell plenty of bulk tickets to dive tour operators. SAHSA used to fly RTB-IAH on Saturdays (when they were still in business) and TACA took over the route afterwards. And most of the dive resorts on Roatan have been trying to convince CO to operate to RTB for years (at least as far back as my second visit to RTB back in 1996 or so). Even selling mostly bulk tickets at $300 or so round-trip would provide an excellent yield compared to most domestic routes. It's much, much, much more convenient to fly directly into RTB than to fly to SAP or TGU and then attempt to connect to RTB on Islena via LCE.
Interestingly, the inhabitants of Roatan and the rest of the Bay Islands primarily speak English as their first language, since the Bay Islands were a British colony well into the 19th century. Their strongest cultural ties are with Belize, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands, not with the Honduran mainland.
Roatan is *definitely* safer than Belize City. It's not particularly developed; the Honduran government pursued a policy of (at best) benign neglect for decades. With the increasing popularity of scuba diving and sport fishing, the government has taken a greater interest in promoting tourism in the region.
Lt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2787 times:
sidenote: BZE is a fine little airport, you should have no problems.. Though if you are flying to other spots in the country, take the muni airport as it can be cheaper on Maya Island, or Tropic air. There are several flights a day from IAH to BZE on CO and TACA.
Ditto what scotttb said BTW.
Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Yankee Air Pirate