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#506260 - 07/29/15 12:47 PM Copa Airlines to Connect Belize with Panama
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Today, a press conference was held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, announcing airline services to Belize via Copa Airlines. Starting December 8th, 2015 Copa airlines will be offering 2 weekly flights to Belize City from Hub de la Americas Panama City, Panama. With this new addition, Copa Airlines will now expand its route to 75 cities and 31 countries in North, Central, South and the Caribbean with Belize being the 7th in Central America. With the addition of Belize, they are now covering all of Central America, strengthening their regional leadership.

Flight CM 281 will leave Belize City Tuesdays and Fridays at 2:17 p.m., arriving at ‘Hub de las Americas’ at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City at 5:34 p.m. The return flight, CM 280, will leave Panama Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:29 a.m. arriving in Belize at 12:52 midday. All flights are local time and the flight time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.

For its direct flight to Belize, Copa will be operating a modern Embraer 190 aircraft with capacity for 94 passengers, 10 in Executive Class and 84 in the main cabin. This aircraft is characterized for having 2 seats in each side of the isle without a center seat, which makes it more attractive and comfortable for passengers.

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#506269 - 07/30/15 05:07 AM Re: Copa Airlines to Connect Belize with Panama [Re: Marty]
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COPA Is Coming, Means Much For Regional Tourism

A new direct flight that will expand Belize’ tourism channel to South and Central America was launched today. A ceremony was held at the Biltmore Hotel to mark what the Tourism sector is calling a historic occasion. The Belize Tourism Board along with its partners has been working for about 3 years to establish this connection with Copa Airlines and it was finally realized today. We spoke to the Director of Tourism, Karen Bevans and she told us how significant this flight from Belize City to Panama is to the tourism industry.

Elisa Brenes - Regional Manager, International Sales Copa Airlines

"Today we are announcing, with a lot of joy that after December the 8th, we will be flying twice a week to Belize from our Hub de Americas in Panama."

Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. - Minister of Tourism and Culture

"We have enjoyed a sustained 8.7% annual increase in the overnight sector. That translates into more than double the projected growth rate expected and more than double the average growth rate of tourism in our region. It is without a doubt that here lays place one of the signal largest contributing factors to the increase of tourism overnight arrivals."

Karen Bevans, BTB Director

"It's a historic move and great benefits to the tourism industry in Belize - particularly because the South American market is what we have been targeting for a while. We want to attract those travellers, they travel particularly in our low season and our objective is to look at a twelve month tourism destination for Belize. We want to ensure that our tour guides are employed all year round. Our front line personnel, our hospitality staff, all service providers. Our hoteliers benefit from all year round, filling up the room, heads in beds. So the intention is for all stakeholders in the tourism industry to benefit and this will bring serious benefits from that approach.”

The first flight is set for December 8th and the Copa Airlines will be offering 2 weekly flights from Belize City to Hub de las Americas in Panama City. This flight now offers connections to Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, even countries in Europe among many others. Another unique detail about this flight is that if you do not want to stay in Panama you can transfer to the in-transit section where you do not have to pass through customs or immigration.

And while all the possibilities and the new traffic is good, where are the new passengers going to fit? Go to the Phillip Goldson Airport on a Saturday and you’ll know that both the arrival and departure areas are ram jammed. We asked the airport operations manager about it:…

Enrique Hoare - Manager of Operations, PGIA

"We have been for the past 3 years going expansion of the airport. We recently completed about 9,000 square feet of expansion to the arrival side, putting in additional baggage carousels, putting extra space for passenger comfort. And since July 1st of this year, we have also started an expansion on the eastern end of the airport which will provide at the end of the project about 20,000 new square feet of our terminal space for passenger comfort. So at the end of the day we will have a much more comfortable terminal for the passengers and users of the airport.”

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#509369 - 11/23/15 03:48 AM Re: Copa Airlines to Connect Belize with Panama [Re: Marty]
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New COPA service to BZE

Check out this ad from Copa Airlines? We thought we would share it and ask you all to do so too. Lets support Copa Airlines. This flight to Panama City, Panama will open up much more of the world to Belize.

#509686 - 12/05/15 05:40 AM Re: Copa Airlines to Connect Belize with Panama [Re: Marty]
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COPA AIRLINES Launches Flights to Belize December 8th, 2015

Panama and South America, Closer To Belize Than Ever.

Copa Airlines will soon be offering fights to Belize.This is exciting news for those of you planning a trip to Belize from Panama, Central and South America, as well as Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba or the Dominican Republic. In total, Copa will have flights to 31 countries and 71 cities. Flights will begin December 8th, 2015, so get ready to book your flight!

Copa Airlines will be flying to Belize on Tuesdays and Fridays from Panama at 11:29 a.m. and arrive in Belize City at 12:52 p.m. They will offer flights from Belize City to Panama also on Tuesdays and Fridays with a departure time of 2:17 p.m. from Belize City and an arrival time in Panama of 5:34 p.m. The flight will be direct and take approximately two hours and twenty minutes. Copa will be using a modern Embraer 190 with passenger seating for 94 people, including ten in business class and 84 in the main cabin. For extra passenger comfort, there will be two seats on each side of the aisle, eliminating a middle seat.

1) No immigration, customs or visa in Panama.
2) Complimentary on-board service including hot meals and
3) Luggage checked through from Belize to your final destination.
4) One of the best on-time performances in the world.
5) Earn miles with ConnectMiles loyalty program when flying with
Copa Airlines or any other Star Alliance member airline.
6) Inaugural Flight to Belize: December 8th, 2015

#509785 - 12/09/15 04:54 AM Re: Copa Airlines to Connect Belize with Panama [Re: Marty]
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COPA Airlines Cometh

At the end of July, the Belize Tourism Board held a ceremony to announce the launch of a new Direct Flight. COPA Airlines, based in Panama, was introduced as the newest air-carrier which would offer direct flights to Belize. It will open up Belize's tourism access to South and Central America.

Well this afternoon, after 4 months of preparation, and 3 years of ground-work to build the connections , the first COPA aircraft, Flight #281, landed in at the PGIA. 92 Passengers coming from Hub de La Americas, in Panama City, were greeted by BTB staff, who were there for a ceremonial inauguration of this new flight.

It was celebrated with pageantry, and 7News was front and center. Here's what the main speakers had to say to the gather on what is Copa's 7th Destination in Central America:

A press release from the BTB, says, quote, "The flight is scheduled twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays Departing Panama at 11:29 A.M, arriving at 12:52 P.M. The departure flights are scheduled on the same days leaving Belize City at 2:17 P.M…With the addition of Belize, COPA now has a flights to a total of 74 destinations in 31 countries in The Caribbean, North, and Central & South America." End Quote.

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