Copa to expand fleet, route map in bid to build Panama City hub


PANAMA CITY -- Copa Airlines, Panamas largest airline, is preparing to add five destinations in the coming months as part of an ongoing expansion plan.

In July, the carrier will begin daily service to Port of Spain, Trinidad; Manaus, Brazil; and Santiago, Dominican Republic. The airline also will launch flights to Montevideo, Uruguay, in August and San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in November.

These new routes are part of Copa Airlines regional expansion and consolidation plan, which provides our customers with a greater number of travel options and convenient connections through our Hub of the Americas in Panama, said Copa Commercial Vice President Jorge Garcia. Our new flights contribute to the growth of commerce and tourism in these important cities.

To provide the necessary equipment for its expansion, Copa this year will receive two new Boeing 737 NG aircraft and four new regional Embraer 190AR aircraft.

Copa currently offers flights to 30 destinations in 20 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. In January, the airline began its second daily flights linking Panama City with both Santiago, Chile, and Guatemala City.

Also this year, Copa expanded its code-share agreement with Brazilian low-cost carrier Gol to include flights between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

The airlines Panama City hub at Tocumen Airport, meanwhile, is putting finishing touches on a $70 million expansion and renovation, resulting in four additional gates as well as refurbished and expanded waiting areas.

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