On Saturday, October 29, 2016, WestJet Airlines made its inaugural flight to Belize, making them the only carrier to directly connect Canada and Belize.
Belize welcomed 130 passengers on the first flight from Canada. Inbound and outbound passengers were given souvenirs to commemorate this momentous occasion. A short ceremony was held at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport, where the audience heard from the Chief Executive Officer of the Belize Airport and Concession Company – Mr. Jorge Espat, the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation – Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., and WestJet’s Regional Manager for Caribbean Airport Operations – Ms. Linda Dawe.
Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. stated, “Today, we are witnesses to a historic milestone for our nation, and in particular for our tourism, trade and aviation sectors. While this is the third major introduction of a new airline partner in recent months, today’s holds a very significant and unparalleled opportunity for Belize. We certainly foresee an increase in travel to Belize from thousands of Canadians who have been deterred in the past due to inconvenient layovers and connections in the United States. After today, this is no longer the case. Our sincerest gratitude goes out to WestJet for their partnership and belief in a future with Belize.”
“Leaving Canada and hitting the beaches in Belize by mid-day is something that Canadian travelers are not used to and we have absolutely changed the game with our twice-weekly service from Toronto,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet executive vice-president, commercial. “I extend a big thanks to our WestJet team, the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation as well as the Belize Tourism Board for their support in the creation of this significant route. To our guests this morning, we say, “Gud maanin,” and welcome aboard. We look forward to offering both Canadians and Belizeans the chance to experience WestJet’s low fare, high care service over the winter months.”
The flight now operates twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday, connecting passengers between the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize, and the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada. Details of WestJet’s new non-stop service: