Suriname is not getting left behind after neighbouring Guyana soon opens an expanded and modern airport. The Suriname government is actively looking to attract legacy carriers like Avianca and COPA after it recently announced the construction and modernization of a new arrival terminal and other upgrades for passenger comfort.
Legacy Star Alliance member, COPA airlines, with a vast network connecting every city in Latin America and the Caribbean to its Panama hub, is looking to commence service to the Johan Pengel International Airport (JAP), Paramaribo. Suriname is the only independent country in South America that the airline’s network doesn’t reach. This will change, according to reliable sources.
Suriname is isolated and lacks air connectivity to major capitals in the region. COPA airlines has put in writing its interest in serving the Suriname market and is expected to announce air operations to Suriname before the end of 2018.
The airline had met since 2015 with government, aviation and Surinam Airways (SLM) officials, but there was no agreement. COPA officials assessed the local infrastructure, including the facilities at the Johan Pengel International Airport (JAP). The airline wanted an «incentive package,» and now the airline is again in Suriname and seriously looking at the market…