The Inter-line Agreement with Copa Airlines and Tropic Air now allows for booking a trip to San Pedro on one ticket!
On June 15, 2018, Copa Airlines, in conjunction with Tropic Air, held a press conference at the Sunbreeze Hotel on Ambergris Caye, Belize. The purpose was to release the inter-line agreement between the two airlines which is:
An agreement between two airlines to provide service to passengers who are on the same itinerary but are traveling on multiple flights from multiple airports.
This relationship will make booking a flight more convenient and simpler, as well as adding a larger network of destinations for customers of both airlines.
Forming the Inter-line Agreement
In order to alleviate the inconvenience of passengers landing at the international airport then having to purchase another ticket to their final destination, Copa and Tropic Air decided to form this agreement to facilitate Copa customers and offer a better solution for passengers. They will now be able to fly directly via connecting flights to any of the 11 destinations in which Tropic Air flies. Not only does this save passengers the trouble of booking two flights and having two different plane tickets, it also allows them to check their baggage through to their final destination. So if you are traveling to Belize City, you will still land in Belize but your ticket with Tropic Air will already be purchased, therefore you will continue through customs and immigration.
This is a huge step in Belize’s tourism industry. As Christophe Didier, Vice President of Global Sales at Copa Airlines said, “Belize is a country that is tourism-focused and it is Copa’s desire to ‘sell the country’, or make it more attractive to tourists.”
Copa’s assistance in this matter is very important for Belize since they are one of the most well-established and highly rated airlines in Latin America. Didier mentioned that they offer more international flights than airlines based in San Paulo, Brazil, or Mexico City, Mexico, even though both those countries have a much higher population than Panama. They also have the best reputation for being on time in all of Latin America.
Making Travel Easier to Belize
The Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia, Jr., praised Copa and Tropic Air for this partnership, adding “This is a natural and welcome evolution of Belize’s interest in creating further linkages in Central and South America, and beyond.”
He stated that “Partnerships like today go a long way in setting long-term success for tourism,” and that this is “A healthy reminder that doing business in Belize is viable.” To read more about the growing tourism industry in Belize, take a read through “Belize - Not Just For Backpackers Any Longer.”
John Greif III, the President of Tropic Air, wrapped up the press conference by revealing that this project had started two years ago. He encouraged Belizean business owners to focus on Central American visitors by engaging in activities such as setting up trade shows in the region and creating their websites and menus in languages including Portuguese and Spanish.
Greif emphasized that Latin American tourists are just as important as North American tourists since, “They spend just as much and also travel off-season,” which is very important for Belize’s tourism industry.
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