The Panamanian leader promised to grant a license to the airline of Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Airlines (CAL), as a gesture of reciprocity for allowing Copa Airlines to make direct flights to the Caribbean island.
"CAL is more than inclined (to take on the route). Financial problems have to be taken into account in CAL’s business operations. They are not insurmountable, and (this route) will be part of CAL’s improvement," said the Transport Minister Trinidad, Devant Maharaj, as reported by Stabroeknews.com.
During the Caribbean Investment Forum which was held on the island, Martinelli met with Maharaj, the President of Caribbean Airlines Rabindra Moonan, and other officials.
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Starting December, Copa Airlines will fly to Valencia in Venezuela, Oranjestad in Aruba and Santa Cruz in Bolivia.
Along with previously announced destinations of Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago, and Belo Horizonte in Brazil, the airline will end the year with five new destinations in its network.
In July, Copa Airlines will increase the frequency of its daily flights between Panama and Cuba.
The company announced it will operate up to 5 daily frequencies between Panama and José Martí International Airport in La Habana, due to increased demand.
Prensa.com reported that Copa will serve the route using airplanes capable of flying between 124 and 155 passengers.
In the first three months of 2012 the number of travelers increased by 8%, while airlines operating at La Aurora Airport increased the frequency of their flights.
Statistical data from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation shows that the companies Copa, United, Aeromexico, Iberia and Interjet have increased their flights to and from La Aurora Airport from 36 daily flights to 48.
TAP, BlueSky and Aeromexico are negotiating flight connections from Portugal, Grand Cayman and Mexico City to Tocumen airport.
The Mexican carrier has already made the first approaches for connections to the Tocumen International Airport. Although it has not defined when flights would start, representatives indicated that it could begin with seven a week.