Delta Airlines Inaugurates Non Stop Service between Atlanta and Belize
Belize City, Monday, December 13, 2004 – Approximately 100 persons arrived in Belize on Saturday, December 11 on Delta Air Lines inaugural flight to Belize from its Atlanta hub.
To mark the occasion, Delta Air Lines, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and the BTB arranged for representatives of the Belize media to participate in a special fam trip to Atlanta prior to the inaugural flight. The Belize media representatives got the opportunity to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the Atlanta History Centre, CNN Studio, Centennial Olympic Park and they were able to attend the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre.
The opening ceremonies were held at the VIP lounge at the Philip Goldson International Airport. Mr. James W. Sarvis, Latin America and the Caribbean Director for Delta Airlines, Inc. at its world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, gave the opening remarks presented a model of Delta’s airplane to Hon. Mark Espat, Minister of Tourism. Minister Espat welcomed Delta, its staff and crew to Belize and wished them success in their new service to Belize. He also presented to them the Coat of Arms as a symbol of friendship between Delta and Belize.
Delta’s Boeing 737 aircraft has a seating capacity of 150 passengers and will offer customers one round-trip, nonstop flight on Saturday only. The flights will leave Atlanta at 10:30 a.m. and arrive in Belize at 12:40 p.m. On its return, it will leave Belize at 2:15 p.m. to arrive in Atlanta at 6:10 p.m.
“We are motivated by Delta’s presence in Belize,” comments Tourism Minister, Mark Espat. “The recent developments in the airline industry have fostered in building greater buoyancy among tourism stakeholders, both locally and internationally. This new flight will mean easier and more accessible travel to and from Belize and Atlanta, as well as afford more alternatives for visitors wishing to vacation in Belize,” Espat noted.
Delta airlines offer daily service to 494 destinations in 86 countries. It operates Delta, Song, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection and has worldwide partners that service other destinations, making it the world’s second largest airline in terms of passengers carried. Delta is also considered the leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic. Through Delta’s marketing alliances, their customers are able to earn and redeem frequent flier miles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam, Northwest Airlines, Continental Airlines and other partners. Delta Air Lines has been proudly serving its customers since 1929.