The Panamanian airline Copa Airlines inaugurated its first flight between Panama City and Paramaribo, capital of Suriname, on Saturday, which becomes the company's 81st international destination.
"This accession of Suriname is important for Panama because (all Copa flights) go through the" Hub of the Americas "(name by which the main Panamanian airport is known) and this represents an opportunity for our country as a destination", said the new Panamanian Tourism Minister, Ivan Eskildsen.
The route will allow connecting both cities without prior stopover in Brazil, as was the case until now, and will have two weekly frequencies.
According to the company, flights will be carried out on board a Boeing 737-700, with capacity for 124 passengers, and depart on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:17 local time (14.39 GMT) from the Tocumen International Airport, the largest Panama and an important connection terminal in Latin America.
The Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism of Suriname, Stephen Tsang, said for his part in the opening ceremony that the flight will contribute to the development of the economy of the South American country.
"Connectivity is a priority for the growth of the commercial and tourist sector of the nations, both the public and private sectors of Suriname will benefit from the network of destinations that we will count on from today," he added.
Located on the north coast of South America, bounded on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the east by French Guiana, on the south by Brazil and on the west by Guyana, Suriname is one of the smallest countries in South America, although its population is one of the most diverse in the region in ethnic terms.
It is also frequently recognized as the greenest nation in the world, given that 93% of its territory is jungle and has one of the lowest per capita ecological footprints globally.
Copa Airlines, part of the Star Alliance, currently operates around 350 daily flights and connects 81 cities in 33 American countries.
This year Copa has been distinguished as the most punctual airline in Latin America by the US consultancy FlightStats and the most timely in the world by the British Official Airline Guide (OAG).
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