Acting Prime Minister, Richard Sealy, is hopeful that Barbados can expand its partnership with Avianca Airlines in future.

Mr. Sealy, who is also Minister of Tourism and International Transport, expressed this sentiment on Wednesday while speaking to the media in the Grace Adams Suite of the Grantley Adams International Airport, following the inaugural flight of the aircraft from Colombia to Barbados.

???We are of course very happy that this flight has become a reality,??? he stated, adding that both he and representatives from the airline would like the trips to increase from twice weekly to daily flights ???in the shortest possible time???.

According to the Tourism Minister, the partnership with Avianca was worthwhile, as it provided an opportunity for Barbados to enter the Latin American market in a significant way.

He pointed out that Avianca was the second largest airline in Latin America, as well as a member of the Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance in the world. This connection, he noted, presented opportunities for incremental business.

The Avianca A318 Airbus will fly between Barbados and Colombia on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The airline seats 100 persons, with 88 regular seats and 12 in business class.

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