Copa Airlines today began direct flights from Belize to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, connecting the city with destinations throughout the American continent.
The day was a historic occasion in the history of Panama and Belize, marking the first time that the two countries have been connected via airline service. During the ceremony for the inaugural flight, which took place in Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize, local guests celebrated the important milestone with members of the airline’s board of directors and employees.
“Copa Airlines is proud to begin operations to this new destination,” said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines. “We now offer service to every country in Central America, increasing connectivity from Panama’s Hub of the Americas and strengthening our leadership in the region. We expect our Belize fight to generate opportunities for development of the city’s’ business and tourism sectors through improvement of the country’s connections to the rest of Latin America.”
Hon. Minister Manuel Heredia said:
“I must reiterate how important this partnership is, as Copa will not only supply significant potential markets for Belize, but also offer excellent and competitive linkages to the Caribbean, Central and especially to the South American market. Currently, the latter represents less than 5% of overnight tourist arrivals to Belize, with the biggest barrier being limited accessibility. As a result, and in keeping with our initiation of strategic and targeted marketing efforts in South America, this partnership could not come at a more opportune time”.