By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – COPA Airlines will begin its operations in Guyana tomorrow [ July 11] and promises to introduce its world class and secure service to the traveling public here as it already does in 67 destinations around the world.
Diego Bermudez Parra, Regional Sales Manager for North America, expressed optimism about its upcoming operations in Guyana since feedback has surpassed their expectations.
“We are a world class airline, we have full service company and we have a full service company that provides a world class service,” he told iNews during an interview today.
The Airline has been in operation for over 65 years and emphasized that its track record is an indication that it is here to stay.
“We are here to stay; we are going to be here in the Guyanese market as long as the market needs us so I can assure you that we are going to be here for the long term,” Parra said.
He highlighted a recent award that the airline received for punctuality, hassle free travel and competitiveness.
“In fact we just won an award as the best airline in South America”.
Meanwhile, Nadine Oudkerk, Sales Manager of COPA said their local team consists of five persons who continues to undergo training.
The airline’s city office is currently under renovations and is located on Camp Street, Between New Market & Lamaha Streets.
Oudkerk stressed that COPA has a lot of new and innovative service that it will offer, noting its star line member that speaks volume of any airline.
“To be a member of star line… there are so many criteria that you need to meet in terms of safety, security, timeliness so that already says a lot about the airline. We’ve got a large fleet of aircraft it’s going to be 98 at the end of this year and we have served in so many countries and it has been a success story so Guyana will be no different.”
The airline will commence flights from tomorrow, July 11 on Tuesdays and Fridays from Guyana into Panama. Guyanese will be allowed to travel to panama without a visa for up to ninety days.
COPA Airlines and COPA Airlines Colombia are subsidiaries of COPA Holdings which is a leading Latin American provider of passengers and cargo services.
The airline has been credited with transforming the hub of the Americas during its more than 65 years of uninterrupted operations.