airevents
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Flying In Honduras

Sat Sep 17, 2005 11:57 pm

Good day,

anybody been to Honduras lately? Any experiences with the local airlines? I want to go there soon as Tegucigalpa seems to have the coolest approach of all airports these days and do some flying from/to this airport.

Thanks for your help !
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Francoflier
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RE: Flying In Honduras

Sun Sep 18, 2005 1:07 am

The local airlines provide a decent enough service to and from TGU to LCE (La Ceiba, on the north coast) which is their 'hub'. From there you can connect to the Bay Island, San Pedro Sula or la Moskitia.

The two main competitors there are Sosa Airlines and Atlantic Airlines.
Sosa sticks to flights to and from LCE, but Atlantic has a regular flight between San Pedro (LMS) and TGU. They also fly to Nicaragua from TGU, and to GCY from LCE.
Then there is Islena, which is a regional subdivision of TACA, flying locally, but they especially take care of the connecting traffic from TACA's main fleet.

The types you'll find there are mainly the LET 410, the Jetstream 31, the Grand Caravan, Shorts 360, ATR 42 and the F-27 (eventually a HS748 and Atlantic operates a 737-200, mainly to GCY). Maintenance is ok and there is no real concern safety wise. No fatal accident with the domestic airlines in many years.

While TGU's approach and landing is fun in a jet, it is not really that impressive with a regional turboprop. I'd advise you to get an international flight to TGU (AA, CO, TA) and depart from there. AA flies the 757 to TGU and it is by far the most impressive aircraft to see operate from there. I'd recommend it.

From there you can use the local airlines to visit the country. I'd recommend the Bay Islands and the Mayan ruins of Copan near San Pedro which are worth the trip. But there are many other things to do and see, such as ecotourism which is develloping along the northern coast (La Ceiba) and in la Moskitia (part of the country which is mainly wild tropical jungle between a few isolated villages).

From there you can hop to Guatemala which is also absolutely beautiful, and the approach at GUA at 5000 ft between the old volcanoes isn't bad either!
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RE: Flying In Honduras

Sun Sep 18, 2005 1:20 am

In July I went to Honduras. I flew CO from IAH on a 737-700. It was a very fun approach. Honduras was fun to visit and the shopping was very cheap. I also visited the ruines at Copan Francoflier talked about and they were very interesting.