Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020. 10:53 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Belize can expect full airplanes landing at the Philip Goldson International Airport come the first week of October, as the Belize Tourism Board is reporting that flights from two major airlines have been completely sold out for that period.
The BTB said that it received feedback from American Airlines and United Airlines this morning, and both said that the demand for those flights have exceeded their capacity to serve them.
“If you go to American’s website right now you will think that they are not flying the first the second, or the third (of October) because you can’t even see the flight. They had to take them down because they are oversold,” explained Karen Bevans, Director of Tourism with the BTB.
Bevans did issue a word of caution, that the airlines could not confirm the nationality of the passengers until check-in, so the BTB is uncertain of the split between tourists and Belizeans who are returning home from abroad. Bevans added that she is optimistic that there can be a greater number of tourists on the flights given the level of repatriation flights Belize has been conducting over the past few months.
“But the first week of flights coming into Belize are completely sold out,” she stressed.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought Belize’s tourism sector to a standstill back in March when the country went into complete lockdown following the first few confirmed infections. Thousands of Belizeans employed by the sector or a related field either lost their jobs or had their income severely reduced.
Bevans said that the BTB’s major goal at this point is to aggressively ramp up marketing campaigns in an effort to restore the industry.
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