Panama’s Copa Airlines will launch new services this year from Panama City to Montréal in Canada, Fort Lauderdale in Florida, and Georgetown in Guyana.
The new destinations will bring Copa Airlines’ route network to a total of 69 destinations in 30 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. It will serve all 69 from its ‘Hub of the Americas’ at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama.
In addition, Copa Airlines, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A., will add eight more new Boeing 737-800 jets to its fleet in 2014, growing its seat capacity by 10 per cent.
The eight new Boeng 737-800 jets Copa is adding in 2014 will increase its fleet to 98 aircraft, most of which are Boeing 737NG jets.
Copa Airlines transported more than 11 million passengers in 2013 and increased its total available seat-mile capacity during the year by 14 per cent.
According to Copa Airlines, the three new routes it is launching this year will strengthen its position in regional air travel.
“Our sustained growth in recent years has allowed us to reinforce our leadership in the region and to continue the Hub of the Americas’ position as the most successful and efficient hub for travel to and from, as well as within, Latin America ,” said Copa CEO Pedro Heilbron. “Our success has benefited Latin America , and has stimulated business and the creation of new jobs and investment in Panama.”
As part of its effort to increase its route network in North America, Copa will begin operating four-times-weekly round-trips to Montréal’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport on June 3. Montréal, a major cultural center and a well-known tourism destination, is Copa’s second Canadian destination.
From July 11, Copa will operate four round-trips a week between its hub at Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport and Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. The coastal Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood region, with its booming tourism industry and growing Latin American population, will be Copa’s fourth destination in the state of Florida and its 10th in the United States.
Also from July 11, Copa will operate two round-trips a week between its Panama City hub and Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO), the airport serving Georgetown, the capital and principal city of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. The new route will be Copa Airlines’ first to this South American country.
According to Copa, its ‘Hub of the Americas’ offers the most destinations and international flights of any hub on the Latin American continent.