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
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
) 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!
I'll do my own airline. With Blackjack. And hookers. In fact, forget the airline.