Carriers plan to resume Honduras service

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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 Mitch.

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 Placencia.

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.

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