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westjetThe Belize Tourism Board announced this morning, the addition of the newest airline to offer flights to the Jewel. Starting October 29th, 2016, WestJet will be offering 2 weekly flights between Canada and Belize.

According to the BTB, with the addition of this new flight the number of overnight visitors from Canada are expected to increase considerably from an already large amount of visitors.

The Director of Tourism, Karen Bevans, is quoted as stating “This is very exciting news. We have been in ongoing discussions with WestJet regarding a direct flight between Canada and Belize, and it’s now happening. A direct flight has been highly requested by visitors and Industry stakeholders, and with the news that this flight will become a reality just as we prepare for the start of our upcoming high season, we are indeed very optimistic and pleased. This direct flight is absolutely going to boost our arrival numbers further, especially where the Canadian market is concerned.” End of quote.

WestJet will depart Canada from the Toronto Pearson International Airport at 9:15 am and arrive at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport at 11:59am. It will depart Belize around 1:00pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Adding to the new flight between Canada and Belize, the Belize Tourism industry will also enjoy new seasonal direct flights between Denver, Colorado and Belize City, Belize.  Starting March 11th 2017, this new flight will operate on Saturdays, between the periods March 11th 2017 to April 24th 2017. According to a release issued today by the Belize Tourism Board, this seasonal flight will result in seven additional flight arrivals into Belize, directly at the height of the peak season for tourism. A large amount of visitors to Belize are already from the US State of Colorado, and with the addition of this new direct flight.

Southwest Airlines started flying to Belize in November 2016 from the Houston Hobby Airport, which according to BTB, has proven to be a successful route that has contributed significantly to the growing increase we have been experiencing in tourism arrivals from the USA. Both Texas and Colorado are top destinations in the US for arrivals to Belize, thereby highlighting the importance of this new flight for our Tourism Industry

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