Barbados could soon be the hub for a new cruise route that will take in the South American continent.
That is, if talks initiated by the Ministry of Tourism, prove fruitful.
Minister Kerrie Symmonds was speaking to CBC News after the arrival of the inaugural Copa Airlines flight from Panama Tuesday.
He explained that under the arrangement, Barbados will be the homeport for any vessel placed on the new route.
Mr Symmonds was one of several dignitaries who arrived on board the direct flight from Panama which landed at the Grantley Adams International Airport just before 2pm.
The full flight arrived to reception including a water salute, stilt men, dancers and a band.
The Tourism Minister says there are all indications that the Panama to Barbados flight will do well given the historical link between the two countries.
Meantime, regional sales manager for Copa Airlines, Bernardo Ordas is optimistic the new alliance between Barbados and Panama will be successful.
He says already the two weekly flights are about 80 to 90 percent full.
Mr Ordas was also speaking to CBC News after the Copa flight arrived at the airport.
That flight came in with two Barbadian pilots on board.
One of them, Marc Holford piloted the plane into Barbados, while the other Chetwyn Clarke captained the return flight to Panama.
They were both recognised for their service to the airline.