Panamanian carrier Copa Airlines is launching four-times-weekly service between Panama City and Tampa on December 16.
Tampa will be Copa Airlines’ ninth U.S. destination and its 66th destination overall.
“Copa Airlines is pleased to offer the first-ever non-stop service between Latin America and Tampa Bay, a city with strong commercial ties to Panama, numerous area tourist attractions and a growing Hispanic population,” says Joe Mohan, senior vice president, commercial and planning for Copa Airlines.
Copa Airlines will operate Boeing 737-700 jets, each fitted with 12 business class seats and 112 economy seats, on its Panama City-Tampa round-trips.
The outbound flight will depart Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport (IATA code PTY) at 6:34 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and will touch down at Tampa International Airport at 9:53 p.m. local time.
Copa’s return flight will leave TPA at 7:02 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and will reach PTY at 10:12 a.m.
From its self-proclaimed ‘Hub of the Americas’ at Tocumen International Airport, Copa claims to offer more flights to more international destinations than any other airline from any other hub in the Latin American region. In-transit passengers making connections 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.
The airline’s website, www.copa.com, is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese; passengers may purchase tickets in U.S. dollars, as well as 10 other currencies.
Tampa International Airport handles 17 million passengers a year, offering non-stop flights to 74 destinations throughout the United States and internationally.
More than 5.3 million people with ties to Central and South America live in the Tampa Bay region, according to Copa Airlines.
Copa has grown by an annual average of 16 per cent in available passenger seat mile capacity and 12 per cent in daily flights to and from Panama during the past five years.
Established in 1947, Copa Airlines transported more than 10 million passengers in 2012.