Copa Airlines to increase flights between Panama and Venezuela
Text and FotosPL: Osvaldo Rodríguez
Panama, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Copa Airlines informed here on Saturday that, as part of the resumption of its operations in Venezuela, it will resume flights between Panama City and Maracaibo as of March 2 and double the number of its flights to Valencia.
The Civil Aeronautics National Institute of Venezuela (INAC) authorized the airline to carry out two flights a week, in both directions, that will connect La Chinita International Airport, in Maracaibo, with Tocumen International Airport, in this capital, and will increase to two the flights the route to Arturo Michelena Airport in Valencia, Copa Airlines revealed in a press release.
Since Jan.23, Copa has kept four flights a week between the Panamanian and Venezuelan capitals, in addition to one to Valencia, so it will resume eight flights a week between both countries in March.
Strict biosecurity measures and disinfection and hygiene protocols are applied on planes to look after passengers' health, who must wear face masks throughtout the flight, the release noted.
The company also warned that those flying to Venezuela must submit a negative PCR test conducted in laboratories authorized by the country's health authorities (children under two are not included), up to 72 hours prior to arrival at the destination airport.
Flights between both countries had been suspended since December due to the new surge of the Covid-19 pandemic; in the meantime, Panama's Ministry of Health is currently keeping its ban on entrance of travelers who had visited the United Kingdom or South Africa 20 days before their arrival.
In January, INAC authorized airlines and travel agencies to resume their operations from Venezuela to Panama and the Dominican Republic and ratified the previous opening of flights to Mexico, Turkey and Bolivia.
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