Copa Airlines is launching twice-weekly nonstop service from Panama City to the Caribbean island of St. Martin on December 18, 2010.

Panama’s Copa Airlines is launching twice-weekly nonstop service from Panama City to the Caribbean island of St. Martin on December 18, 2010.

“We are very pleased to launch service to this beautiful island,” says Joseph Mohan, commercial and planning vice president for Copa Airlines. “Copa Airlines has played a major role in the development of tourism and business in the Caribbean and we are certain our passengers will be captivated with our latest destination – our 46th – as we continue to bring together the Americas.”

The new flight will depart Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport (PTY) on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 12:22 p.m., arriving at St. Martin’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) at 4:17 p.m. local time. The return flight will depart from SXM on the same days at 5:30 p.m., landing at PTY at 7:44 p.m. local time.

Panama's Copa Airlines is growing rapidly and placed several repeat orders in 2009 for Boeing 737NGs. By December 2009, Copa had 20 737-700s and eight 737-800s in service, with another 29 737NGs on order, and also operates a fleet of 15 Embraer 190s

Copa Airlines’ St. Martin passengers will be able to make connections at the airline’s ‘Hub of the Americas’ at Tocumen International Airport to and from the major cities of South America, Central America and Mexico without having to go through customs or immigration.

St. Martin, shared by the Netherlands (Saint Maarten) and France (Saint Martin), offers tourists more than 37 beaches considered among the best in the world,  along with enchanting colonial architecture, excellent cuisine and festive nightlife.

From St. Martin, tourists can easily visit other attractive islands in the area such as St. Eustatius, Antigua, Barbuda, Saint Kitts, Nevis and the British Virgin Islands. In addition, a ferry service transports tourists to nearby islands such as Saint Barth (35 people per catamaran), Anguilla and Saba.

Through its Copa Airlines and Aero Republica operating subsidiaries, Copa Holdings is a Latin American provider of passenger and cargo service.

An affiliate of Continental Airlines’ OnePass frequent flyer program, Copa offers more than 150 daily scheduled flights to 46 destinations in 24 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean through its Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama. In addition, Copa Airlines provides passengers with access to flights to more than 120 other international destinations through codeshare agreements with Continental Airlines and other carriers.

Copa Holdings’ Colombian subsidiary Aero Republica provides service to 12 cities in Colombia as well as international connectivity with Copa Airlines’ Hub of the Americas through flights from Barranquilla, Bogota, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Medellin and Pereira. Additionally, Aero Republica has international flights from Colombia to Caracas, Guayaquil and Quito.

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