CNH Tours - Cultural and Natural Heritage Tours Galapagos
Tuesday May 21, 2013
New Inter-island air service inaugurated
The Piper Navajo twin-engine 7
passenger plane was presented to the
authorities in recent days on Isabela Island as an
alternative interisland connectivity, invoking the rather spotty service record of the existing
The plane is owned by Julio Zavala, Galápagos resident naturalist guide, piloted by experienced pilots and managed by Jaime Morales Polit, who has been involved in the aviation business for over 20 years.
It should be noted that there have been several attempts to establish an interisland carrier with regular flights and the longest was EMETEBE, which was led for nearly two decades for its pioneering Jaime Morales Polit. It is unclear if Mr. Polit has left EMETEBE at this point, or if he is co-managing both companies.
Other companies that were operating interisland services in the Galapagos were Arica, whose operations were dashed after his plane crash in December 2004 (no injuries) and Saereo which ceased operations in 2013.
CNH Tours hopes that this will improve the quality and reliability of interisland air service. EMETEBE, no doubt experienced in what it takes to run this business in Galapagos, is considered a bit non-chalant in the way it deals with clients, likely because it has had very little competition.