Yesterday afternoon, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) announced via a press release that starting December 8th 2015, Copa Airlines will add two weekly flights to Belize City, Belize from Panama City, Panama.
According to the press release, the new addition in flight will now expand Copa Airlines route to 75 cities and 31 countries in North, Central, South and the Caribbean with Belize being the 7th in Central America.
“For Copa Airlines it is with much joy that we announce this new destination with which we consolidate our leadership in the region, strengthen our existing routes while at the same time allowing us to offer better connectivity and world class service to all of Central America, from Hub de las Americas, in Panama. The connectivity will open enormous opportunities for tourism and commercial development for this interesting Caribbean country, as well as allowing for tourist from the same region to have the opportunity to enjoy all the tourism and commercial strengths Belize has to offer” said Pedro Heilbron, Executive president for Copa Airlines.
The flight will leave Belize City Tuesdays and Fridays at 2:17 pm and arrive in Panama City at 5:34 pm. The return flight will leave Panama Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:29am and arrive in Belize City at 12:52 midday. The flights are local time and the flight time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.
According to the BTB, the flight from Belize to Panama was programmed to provide convenient connection to Sao Paulo, Brazil; San Jose, Costa Rica; Bogota, Cartagena and Medellin in Colombia; Santiago de Chile,Chile; Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador; Managua, Nicaragua; Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; Havana, Cuba; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Lima, Peru.
The press release also states that the passengers in transit will not need to pass through immigration or wait in a customs line and their luggage will be checked until their final destination.
“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” Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism in Belize said about the new Copa Airline flight to Belize.
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