Copa Airlines launches air service to the Guyana with the inaugural flight made on Friday, landing at Cheddi Jagan International Airport around 2 p.m. local (1800 GMT) to a warm welcome.
The Panama based airline will operate twice weekly flights between Georgetown and Panama City, with connections to cities in the U.S.A., Canada, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
This new service to Guyana brings Copa Airlines’ destinations to 69 in over 30 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Copa which has been awarded several international travel awards for the quality and efficiency of its service, operates a fleet of over 90 aircraft.
At a launch reception hosted at Thursday night at Pegasus Hotel, Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett said that Copa is bridging the gap between Guyana and Latin America. She announced that Guyana has now decided to waive visa restrictions for citizens of Peru, Panama and Costa Rica in order to boost travel to Guyana.
President Donald Ramotar offered his best wishes to the airline, and told the gathering that the Guyana government remains committed to improving the country’s infrastructure in support of the tourism sector.
Guyana’s natural attraction, Kaieteur falls, is currently being featured in the airline’s in flight magazine.
Speaking at the Pegasus reception, Copa Airlines’ Regional Sales Manager said that “we are here to stay. Copa Airlines will be in Guyana for as long as the market needs us. We are not here to make a seasonal profit; rather we are here to expand connectivity between Guyana and the rest of the world”.