· Four-times-weekly flights are the first direct airline service between Tampa and Latin America
· Tampa is Copa’s ninth U.S. destination; airline offers service to 66 destinations in 29 countries
TAMPA – Copa Airlines today begins nonstop service four times a week between Tampa International Airport and Copa’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama, Republic of Panama, with connecting service throughout Latin America. Tampa is Copa’s ninth U.S. destination and its 66th overall.
“We’re very pleased to provide Tampa-area business and leisure travelers the first-time-ever nonstop service between Tampa and Panama,” said Joe Mohan, Senior Vice President, Commercial and Planning, Copa Airlines. “The new route also opens up access between the Tampa Bay area and Latin American business and tourism markets, contributing to the economic growth of both regions.”
From its Hub of the Americas, Copa offers flights to more international destinations than any other airline from any other hub in the Latin American region. The new Tampa-Panama flight will provide the best connections to several cities in Brazil and Colombia, as well as San Jose, Costa Rica; Caracas, Venezuela; Guatemala; Buenos Aires; Lima, Peru; and Guayaquil and Quito, Ecuador.
“This inaugural flight is a celebration of a gateway opening between Tampa and Latin America extending far beyond Panama through Copa’s reach into key destinations in South America,” said Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano. “Our community leaders are committed to boosting both our economy and Panama’s economy through more business relationships and tourism.”
Copa will operate a Boeing 737-700 Next Generation with 12 business class seats and 112 economy seats on the flights to Panama. The flight will depart Panama on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 6:34 p.m., arriving in Tampa at 9:53 p.m. The return flight will depart Tampa at 7:02 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving at Copa’s Hub of the Americas in Panama at 10:12 a.m. In-transit passengers making connections in Panama do not have immigration/customs waits and baggage is checked to the final destination.
Copa’s on-board service includes complimentary meals and beverages, including wines and spirits; a 12-channel audio-visual entertainment system in English, Spanish and Portuguese, with new movies monthly and complimentary headsets. Flight attendants are bilingual. Copa’s website, copa.com, is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese; passengers may purchase tickets in U.S. dollars, as well as 10 other currencies.
Established in 1947, Copa Airlines transported more than 10 million passengers in 2012. Copa’s on-time performance, which is above 90 percent, ranks among the best worldwide. A member of the Star Alliance global network, the airline was named “Best Airline in the Central America and Caribbean region” at the Skytrax World Airline Awards in June 2013.
About Copa Holdings, S.A.
Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia, subsidiaries of Copa Holdings, are leading Latin American providers of passengers and cargo services. The airlines provide service to 66 destinations in 29 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, operating one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the industry, consisting of 90 aircraft: 64 Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft and 26 Embraer-190s. Passengers may purchase tickets at copa.com in U.S. dollars as well as 10 other currencies. Copa Airlines joined Star Alliance in June 2012 and has a commercial alliance with United Airlines, including participation in the MileagePlus frequent-flyer program, joint operation of the Copa Club in Panama and select codeshare flights. For more information, visit www.copa.com.