TEGUCIGALPA – President Juan Orlando Hernandez was on hand Thursday to welcome the first direct Air Europa flight from Madrid to the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula.
“I want to congratulate everyone who participated in this effort, it’s the first time that a direct flight from Europe arrives in Honduras at Ramon Villeda Morales Airport,” the president said.
The Air Europa Airbus A330-200, which was carrying Spanish singer David Bisbal, landed at 6:14 am at the airport.
The plane was carrying 157 passengers, including Honduran Ambassador to Spain Norman Garcia and Mario Hidalgo, one of the Spanish carrier’s executives.
Hernandez was accompanied at the welcoming ceremony by government officials, Spanish Ambassador to Honduras Miguel Albero, business leaders and other VIPs.
Honduran Tourism Agency director Emilio Silvestri told reporters that Air Europa could have three weekly flights to the Central American country starting in November.