August 31, 2009
The North shore of the Southern Arm of Lake Peten is very sparsely populated with the exception of the village of San Miguel opposite Flores. A dirt road snakes along the length of the peninsular and eventually joins the main Highway several miles east of the Airport. However from San Miguel it is only a 10 minute leisurely boat ride to Flores.
June 13, 2011
August 31, 2009
Our Airport was originally a Military Field part of the large military base. The Military base is still very active complete with a small military hospital. It has a small lightly armoured unit “The Dragons” but its main use now is to train the Military Police. It also provides basic training for new intakes. They sometimes come across to San Jose to learn how to swim. Most of our army is recruited from the indigenous population who live in remote areas. They spend their first year being educated and disciplined of course. Their drill and respect for their officers is awesome to watch. The commissioned officers have a godlike status.
I passed through the base escorted by some local Police when the local peasants were rioting and had blocked all the roads. We entered the base using the Airport runway without any problem. When we tried to leave by a heavily guarded back gate to access a dirt road we were arrested. The Duty Officer eventually arrived and released us after telling the Police that they were naughty boys.
The Airport buildings were completely refurbished during the last two years. There are several daily flights to and from Guatemala City and flights to Cancun Mexico twice a week, also flights to Belize City 3 times a week. So it is not very busy.
Several small private planes and helicopters use it.
Illegal small planes from Columbia carrying cocaine have used it in the early hours but I understand this has now been stopped.
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