The beginning of operations of several regional airlines in the moderately priced sector is auspicious for trade, and in particular tourism.
The launch in San Jose this week of the ultra low cost airline Volaris Costa Rica, with a presence in Mexico, the United States and Central America, who will begin operating next month with a San Jose, Costa Rica -Guatemala City (Guatemala) route, confirms how activated the business of commercial aviation in Central America has become.
From December 22 the airline AirTransat will fly once a week between the Canadian city of Montreal and San Salvador.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador:
Representatives of Hotel Leones Marinos, Atami, Hotel Bahia del Sol and Decameron Hotels promoted their offer of specialized services in the country at the international exhibition on Tourism and Travel.
It has been announced that the Canadian airline Air Transat made 28 flights from Montreal and Toronto between December 2016 and March 2017.
The Nicaraguan Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC) told Elnuevodiario.com.ni that"... flights will start arriving from 19 December and will continue until March 2017. Tourists will mainly vacation in a beach hotel on the Nicaraguan Pacific."
In a growing market, 16 commercial air companies operate an average of four to five corporate flights a day.
Providing a flight with value added services, such as alliances with hotels and transport services in the areas surrounding airports is one of the elements with which airlines that offer charter flights to businesses and tourists are aiming to differentiate themselves.
Through an agreement with the Spanish wholesaler Aquatravel, for a period of twelve months a weekly charter flight with 300 passengers will be coming to Tocumen from Madrid.
The agreement between the Spanish tourism company and Adventure Tourism 2000 also states that "... at least half the passengers coming in the charter will stay in Panama, taking into account that a percentage will use the air link to connect from Panama to other destinations in the region.
CM Airlines has announced that it will operate a weekly flight from Tegucigalpa to the aerodrome of Tela and from there to Roatan, plus two others to Copan and Gracias in Lempira.
Flights arriving at the airfield in Tela, inaugurated in May 2015, will depart from there to Roatan Island, along with the two other flights that CM Airlines plans to operate from Tegucigalpa to Copan and Gracias.
JetBlue announced the addition of a second weekly flight from Boston and Apple Vacations will incorporate the Liberia Missouri-Saint Louis route, which will be operated by XTRAirways.
JetBlue will operate its second flight on Sunday in a A320 aircraft with capacity for 150 passengers, starting in January and to be maintained throughout the season. Meanwhile XTRAirways will use a Boeing 737-400 with capacity for 150 people, operating from March 18 this year to August 5, 2016.
The Salvadoran airline Veca has announced that as of February 25th it will begin operating three flights per week between San Salvador and Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose.
From a statement issued by Vuelos Económicos Centroamericanos:
VECA Airlines with the aim of integrating Central America and expanding opportunities for everyone to fly, will be starting operations, from February 25, between the cities of San Salvador and San José, Costa Rica; the direct flights will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The airline of Salvadoran origin VECA Airlines, which announced in November promotions for their first flights in the region, is not yet operating at 100%.
The airline Vuelos Económicos Centroamericanos (VECA) has not yet started to operate the routes announced in November and has not taken steps to expand its flights to destinations in the United States. So far, VECA has only been authorized to travel to Guatemala City and San Jose in Costa Rica, destinations where it is still operating test flights.
Increased air connectivity in the country is one of the factors explaining the reduction of passengers arriving in the country from aboard on charter flights, going from 136,000 in 2012 to 82,000 in 2013.
According to the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) figures for this year are not yet available, but a similar decline is expected. The decrease in passengers traveling on charter flights is due to the supply of flights having incorporated more scheduled flights, which experienced a 4% increase in the number of passengers between January and October this year.
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