On April 16th, 2020, a group of an additional 140 American citizens departed Belize on a commercial United repatriation flight home. This return flight to Houston, Texas was made possible for American nationals to return to the US amidst the coronavirus pandemic in Belize.
In the past few weeks, United Airlines has led the charge with over 30 repatriation flights across Central and South America, including Belize. United Airlines has worked alongside the US Embassy Belize for this scheduled repatriation flight. So far, United has brought over 4,500 Americans home, and is still planning more flights in coordination with government officials. Airlines continue to be essential to the travel industry, despite the financial losses they’ve taken during the pandemic.
Despite demand plummeting for regular service, airlines have taken it upon themselves to bring their country’s citizens back home. Through countless repatriation flights, the major U.S. carriers are helping reunite families and bring people back together again.” – Zach Griff
Fortunately, U.S. airlines are trying to get more Americans back stateside with a number of global repatriation flights. In countries like Belize with blocked international flights or closed airports, the airlines press on. Thanks to the collaboration of the U.S. State Department and International Embassies, one-off flights to bring Americans back home are still possible.