TAMPA - Copa Airlines has started nonstop service four times a week between Tampa International Airport and its Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama. Tampa is Copa's ninth U.S. destination and its 66th overall.
“We're very pleased to provide Tampa-area business and leisure travelers the first-time ever nonstop service between Tampa and Panama,” Joe Mohan, senior vice president of commercial and planning for Copa Airlines. “The new route also opens up access between the Tampa Bay area and Latin American business and tourism markets, contributing to the economic growth of both regions.”
The airline says that from its Hub of the Americas it offers flights to more international destinations than any other hub in the Latin American region. The new Tampa-Panama flight will provide connections to several cities in Brazil and Colombia, as well as San Jose, Costa Rica; Caracas, Venezuela; Guatemala; Buenos Aires; Lima, Peru; and Guayaquil and Quito, Ecuador.
Copa will operate a Boeing 737-700 Next Generation aircraft with 12 business class seats and 112 economy seats on flights to Panama. It will depart Tampa at 7:02 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Panama at 10:12 a.m.