Cutting the ribbon for the launch of American Airlines’ service in Roatán were Shawn Hyde, Governor of the Department of Bay Island; Julio Galindo, Mayor of Roatán; Syntia Bennett Solomon, Honduras’ Vice-Minister of Tourism; Romeo Silvestri, President of the Commission of Tourism, Honduran Congress; American Airlines’ Verna Osorto, Country Manager Honduras; Frances Vallecillo, Airport Coordinator San Pedro Sula; and Marvin Diaz, Regional Managing Director, Mexico and Central America.
Cheering crowds and a water-cannon salute welcomed American Airlines back in Paraguay’s capital Asunción after a six-year absence.
Dallas/Fort Worth sent off American Eagle’s maiden flight to Puebla in Mexico with a cake served on a colourful sarape. This is American Airlines’ 18th destination in Mexico.
- American Airlines returned on the route from Miami, FL (MIA) to Asunción (ASU) in Paraguay on 15 November, following a six-year absence. Art Torno, the airline’s VP Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, said: “American Airlines is proud to be the only airline to offer the unique direct service between the US and Paraguay though our connections centre in Miami.” Four weekly flights are now offered on the 6,200-kilometre route, which will be operated using 757s. In addition, on 17 November, the airline added services on its third (after San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa) route from Miami to Honduras in Central America. Flights to Roatán (RTB), the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands in the Caribbean Sea, are now offered with weekly frequencies using 737-800s. Nelly Jerez, Minister of Tourism in Honduras, commented: "Roatán is an important tourism destination and this flight will further showcase Honduras as a world-class destination for diving, ecotourism and adventure." American Eagle, the regional subsidiary of American Airlines, also launched services on the route from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Puebla (PCB), making it the 18th destination American Airlines offers in Mexico. Beginning on 15 November, daily ERJ135-operated flights will depart from the Texan hub airport to the east-central Mexican city.