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LatinNews Daily - 02 March 2020

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In brief: Honduras and Belize sign agreement to increase flight connections

* Honduras’ tourism minister, Nicole Marrder, and Belize’s tourism & civil aviation minister, Manuel Heredia, have signed an agreement to reduce tariffs on flights between the two countries. The agreement will connect Belize with eight Honduran destinations: Roatán, the largest of Honduras’s Bay Islands, Utila (another Bay island), La Ceiba and Tela (Atlántida department), San Pedro Sula (Cortés), the capital Tegucigalpa, Copán Ruinas (Copán) and Gracias (Lempira). Belizean airline Tropic Air has already shown interest in operating between Belize, Útila, and Copán Ruinas. The agreement will incentivise airlines and tourism companies to unite the attractions of the Mayan world and the diving centres of Belize and Honduras. As part of Honduras’ President Juan Orlando Hernández’s policy of open skies for Central America, Honduras and El Salvador will also sign an agreement to facilitate air operations between the two countries, which Guatemala will join.