NEW YORK -- American, Continental and Taca were slated tentatively
to resume service to Honduras' San Pedro Sula airport on Nov. 7,
following the closure of the facility due to damage from Hurricane
Taca also was expected to resume service by Nov. 6 to Roatan,
the largest of the Bay Islands off the Honduras coast.
Primary tourism areas in Belize and Guatemala mostly were
untouched by the storm, while the Bay Islands reported a mix of
damaged properties and others open for business.
Before Mitch moved in over mainland Honduras and Nicaragua, the
Bay Islands took the first hit, but hotels on the south shore of
Roatan, sheltered by highlands, escaped damage from the high winds
and record rainfalls.
Through all the Bay Islands, including Utila, which received
little damage, the reefs were said to be in good condition, and
visibility is clear.
Belize, which escaped most of the high winds and waters of the
storm, reported that properties in the interior mostly were
unaffected. Valerie Woods, director of tourism for the Belize
Tourist Board, said that "inland areas of Belize were unscathed and
are offering full services to their guests."
Ditto for the resorts along the southern coast in the area of
The largest facility casualties reported are on Ambergris Caye,
where sea swells knocked out many of the hotel piers and diver
shops, particularly at the resorts north of San Pedro town.