Pantophlet in Panama to rescue Copa flights

POSTED: 11/6/12 12:26 PM

St. Maarten – Economic Affairs and Tourism Minister Romeo Pantophlet headed a delegation to Panama of Friday in an attempt to keep the level of Copa Airlines flights to St. Maarten at four flights per week to Princess Juliana International Airport.
The French-side newspaper St. Martin’s Week reported that Copa threatened in September to cut down the number of flights because the government of St. Maarten owes the government in Panama $443,000 based on a commercial agreement about the promotion of Copa Airlines.

Ever since that threat negotiations have been ongoing to prevent a cut in flights, but according the Week, without results.

The company maintains that St. Maarten does not live up to its obligations in terms of commercial support.

The delegation traveling to Panama on Friday consisted apart from Minister Pantophlet of Collectivité President Alain Richardson, airport Director Regina Labega, the Vice-pPresident of the French-side tourist bureau Jeanine Vanterpool, the tourism secretary of Anguilla Hayden Hughes, and the director of tourism in St. Barths, Inès Choisy.

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