Delta will launch Saturday-only service between Los Angeles and Belize City on Dec. 21.

The year-round flight is the first from Southern California to Belize, which currently is served by carriers from Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Miami and Newark.

Close to 3% of Belize visitors hail from California, "and our hope is that this new flight will encourage more travelers from that area," according to Alyssa Carnegie, director of marketing and industry relations for the Belize Tourism Board.