About this blog
Al Argueta loves Guatemala, and travels there often. This blog will update information found in his books, and also be a forum to answer reader questions about all things Guatemala.
- Dresden Codex May Yield Location of Maya Treasure
- A Room with a View
- Weekend en Guatemala
- Reflections on the 1996 Peace Accords
- New Flights to Guatemala City
- Alta Verapaz Under State of Siege
- A Very Important Message Regarding ATMs
- Antigua Guatemala Tones Down New Year's Celebration
- Pollo Campero Takes on Disney World
- Widespread Disgust at Murder of Anthropologist
- More Good Press for Guatemala
- Eight Found Guilty in Slaying of Salvadoran Diplomats
- Lake Atitlán to Host Film Festival
- Galerias La Pradera Gets a Facelift
- Former INGUAT Director Accused of Stealing $3.5 Million
New Flights to Guatemala City
Remodeled and expanded in 2007, Guatemala City's La Aurora International Airport (GUA) is the third-busiest airport in Central America. Still, the spacious terminal with a total of 19 gates remains somewhat underutilized. That may start to change in 2011. Several carriers have announced new or expanded service to Guatemala City in the coming months. Filling the void left by the departure of Mexican carrier Mexicana, Aeromexico has announced plans to resume service to Guatemala City from Mexico City in the first quarter of 2011. Interjet, another Mexican carrier, has announced similar plans.
Delta, meanwhile, will be increasing its flights from Atlanta to Guatemala City from once to twice daily effective June 10, 2011. Travelers now have the option of a morning or afternoon departure in both directions. The new schedule looks like this:
DL461 ATL0950 – 1121GUA 757 D
DL495 ATL1850 – 2021GUA 73W D effective 10JUN11
DL496 GUA0750 – 1325ATL 73W D effective 11JUN11
DL596 GUA1231 – 1806ATL 757 D
In other news, insider sources tell me a South American carrier is looking at GUA as a possible hub city. Guatemala City would be a sort of gateway for flights heading to and from North America. Indeed, the airport's mostly empty facilities seem perfectly suited as a hub. If you build it they will come. We hope.
The attached video is a 'virtual' rendition of GUA. It looks amazingly like the real thing.