Yesterday, the car was outside at 6am – ready to take Belize’s Channel 5 news’ team to Hobby Airport. They are filming for their daily morning show (which you can watch on their website) and…well…I enjoy all scoop and more than happily tagged along.
The sun in Houston came up at 7:22am, so we arrived before dark.
Quite a bit smaller than GW Bush International Airport (Houston’s main hub) and situation just 7 miles from downtown Houston, I think this is going to work out nicely for travelers.
We first met Lindley Reyes, a Houston based pilot and a man who considers himself a Belizean. And an American. And Honduran. Lindley was born in Roatan, Honduras to a mother from the Cayman Islands (like many Bay Islanders are) and a father from Kings Park, Belize City. As a child, he and his dad flew up to Belize City once a month from Roatan.
Later he moved to the States, joined the US Marines and got into flying. He has been with Southwest for 28 years. And if they didn’t swear it wasn’t so, I would think he was someone they hired to “play a pilot on TV”.
Here he is with Marleni Cuellar, one of the host of Channel 5’s morning show.
He will be on today’s flight with us and staying at the Radisson in Belize City overnight. The same hotel that he stayed in as a child of 7. Needless to say, he is very excited about this new route to Belize.
Also on the flight but working and I HOPE doing the announcements in Kriol, will be San Pedro’s Deion Spain. This should be very fun.
We headed to the new international terminal to start the show. It’s not open yet and there were teams of workers finishing last minute details.
See what I mean?
And then the captain was up.
All ready for today’s flights to Cancun, Liberia, Costa Rica, Cabo San Lucas and Belize.
But everything vital will be ready. We are leaving the hotel at 6am…there will be local morning shows, press conferences, speeches by the CEO of Southwest and local government officials. And then…it’s off to Belize.
A beautiful piece of art in the terminal.
Where…and I don’t know if this is a surprise…but there will be trivia and give-aways on the flight. A water arch on our arrival…gift bags and plenty of Belikin.
See you in Belize! Windfinder is not predicting the prettiest day…but maybe we’ll get a few minutes of sunshine.
And so it begins…