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Aug 16, 2022

Belize Courts International Flights from Canada

Tourism Minister Anthony Mahler and other government officials returned from a working visit to Canada last week where they met with representatives from various airline companies.  During those meetings, Mahler and his team discussed the likelihood of flights from Canada to Belize, increasing the number of overnight tourist arrivals at the P.G.I.A.  According to Mahler, Belize is also trying to attract visitors during the summer months which are traditionally the low season for tourism.

 

Anthony Mahler

Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism

“We had good meetings in Canada, we met with several airlines over there.  We had about, we did three cities in about four days and so we met with West Jet, we met with Air Canada, we met with Jetliners, we met with another airline and so the strategy is for us to be able to work with the airlines to build more capacity in the country, especially in the slow season.  So instead of just seasonal traffic to Belize, we want to expand on that in terms of days that are not busy, for example, the capacity at the airport during eleven and three on a Saturday, that’s where we have an issue but then we have Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and other days that have more capacity and so that was the bottom-line.  We have had good reports already from our meetings and we believe that within the next couple of months we should see increased capacity into Belize from out of Canada.  Now, the airline industry is saddled by a lot of operational issues, no pilot, planes right now are delayed in terms of those that are being on order and so it is going to take a while for the benefits from these meetings to be had.”

 

Reporter

“How do you convince these big airline companies that we have enough rooms for their tourists?”

 

Anthony Mahler

“Well, have a national occupancy of about thirty-five percent.  So we have a high season and then we have a low season.  What we’re trying to do is reduce the low season.  We have more capacity in the summer months, obviously.”

 


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