This past week Sun Country Air started their first flight to Roatan. The flight originates in Minneapolis – Saint Paul and flies nonstop service to Roatan once a week. Sun Country Air Flies to Roatan every Friday between December 18 and April 9. The flight operates as schedule service, and therefore, you can buy a ticket or a tour package. You are not limited to a one-week package, although you must obviously fly only on Fridays. This flight opens a new market that until know was not easily accessible to potential travelers. With this winter forecast to be frigid, people from the Twin Cities in Minnesota will be able to escape to sunny Roatan for an unforgettable experience!
The inaugural flight was met by island entrepreneurs and the minister of Tourism in Honduras. This first flight is proof that when the private sector gets together, they can achieve their goals! This flight into Roatan Airport is in addition to 10 weekly flights that American Airlines is operating into Roatan. Three from their Dallas-Forth Worth hub and 7 from their Miami Hub. United Airlines is also offering daily flights from their Houston International Airport hub in Texas.
There is no doubt that Roatan is leading the path towards the recovery of tourism to Honduras!
Fortunately, the islands did not have any significant damage from tropical storms ETA and IOTA. With the San Pedro Sula airport still closed to international travel, airlines have been operating to the other functional airports within Honduras. Air Europa is flying into Goloson International Airport in La Ceiba. Although Tegucigalpa is always an option, airlines do not like the runway, many consider it one of the most dangerous in the World.
As such, many travelers are using the Roatan International Airport as their gateway into and out of Honduras. The fact that Sun Country Air flies to Roatan means that there are now more routes that allow entry to Honduras. Congratulations to the travel entrepreneurs and tourism authorities in Honduras for this new airline and route into Honduras. I can only hope that it is an omen of better times to come for Honduras this coming year! For those of you looking to fly into Honduras, consider using the RTB airport. The local airlines offer regular service to the other airports and landing strips in Honduras.