In the News from Panama

Copa Launches Two New Routes

Panama’s Copa Airlines continues to aggressively expand its route network, as it makes good on its promise to make Panama City the “Hub of the Americas.”

The new routes will add connections to Puerto Vallarta, the popular tourist destination in Mexico, and Salta, the historic city in the mountains of northwest Argentina. While neither can be classified as a major new destination, the expansion illustrates the way Copa is expanding its offering and reaching all areas of the region, making it easier for people to use Panama as a base.

Copa now flies 80 routes and it has been aggressively expanding its partnerships, including its recent deal with United Airlines and Avianca. That new agreement alone is expected to “drive significant traffic growth at major gateway cities throughout Latin America.”

These code-sharing deals and partnerships allow people from all over the world to fly through Panama, creating a significant driver for the economy. In many ways, flights are a leading indicator of financial trends. More flights mean more visitors, easier connections for businesses and international exposure for Panama, which translates to the expansion of local conglomerates, more executives renting homes and more home sales.

More direct flights also make living in Panama more fun. For Panama City residents, it’s easier than ever to take a quick getaway.

Copa will fly to Puerto Vallarta twice-weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays, using the 124-seat 737-700s, according to coverage by ANNA. Puerto Vallarta is the airline’s fifth non-stop destination in Mexico from Panama City.

The flights to Salta are twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and is Copa’s fifth destination in Argentina.