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Airport ends year in expansion mode

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Tampa International Airport is taking off when it comes to getting new routes.

One of the most significant additions comes from Copa Airlines, which announced recently that it plans to increase service from four days a week to daily flights from Tampa to Panama City, Panama. Copa, which debuted its Tampa-Panama City route four years ago, will make the transition to daily nonstop service in July.

“When Copa launched in 2013, Copa CEO Pedro Heilbron made us the promise that together we would build this route to daily service,” says Tampa International Executive Vice President of Marketing Chris Minner in a statement. “Our teams have worked tirelessly to make that happen. We are thrilled about the increased service and what it means for Florida's west coast residents.”

The new Copa flight, CM 394, will depart TPA daily at 2:05 p.m., arriving at Copa's Hub of the Americas in Tocumen International Airport in Panama at 5:34 p.m.

Passengers can get to Guayaquil and Quito in Ecuador; Bogota and Medellin in Colombia; San Jose, Costa Rica; and Lima, Peru from there, among many other Latin American cities, the release adds. The return flight, CM393, departs PTY at 9:20 a.m., arriving in TPA at 12:42 p.m.

The Nov. 21 announcement from Copa Airlines was followed by a separate statement a week later from discount carrier Spirit Airlines, which says it will add daily nonstop service from Tampa to Los Angeles and Las Vegas. That service will begin April 12, 2018, according to a statement.

The West Coast additions come shortly after announcements of new routes by fellow discount carrier Frontier Airlines, which is adding 11 destinations to and from Tampa from October through December. The new spots include Buffalo, N.Y.; Milwaukee; and Minneapolis.


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