Tourisme Québec and Tourisme Montréal Business Officials Welcome Copa Airlines Executives at Networking Event

  • The Panamanian airline begins four-times-weekly flights between Montréal and Panama on June 03, offering unmatched connectivity to Latin American destinations.
  • Montréal will be Copa’s second Canadian destination, and its 67th overall.
  • From its Hub of the Americas in Panama, Copa offers flights to more international destinations than any other airline from any other hub in the Latin American region.
Copa Airlines executives pose with Pedro Heilbron after corporate event
Copa Airlines executives pose with Pedro Heilbron after corporate event

Montreal, April 29, 2014 - Tourisme Québec elected officials, Tourisme Montréal and Aéroports de Montréal executives today joined local tourism and business leaders at a luncheon welcoming Copa Airlines to Montréal. Copa’s President and CEO, Pedro Heilbron and other Copa officials attended.

A member of Star Alliance global airline network, Copa Airlines will begin nonstop service four times a week between Montréal and Panama on June 03, 2014, as part of plans for rapid network expansion this year.


“We are extremely pleased to start the only nonstop flight between Montreal and Panama. This new flight will bring to the Province of Québec and the City of Montreal the greatest connectivity with Latin America”, said Pedro Heilbron, CEO Copa Airlines. “Latin America will now be closer than ever for leisure and business travellers who will benefit from the fastest and most direct way to Panama and the most convenient connections to over 55 destinations in Central and South and the Caribbean”.


“Tourisme Montréal is delighted to welcome Copa Airlines to the city. In addition to providing a direct link between Montréal and Latin America, the new airline will open the door to a wealth of possibilities, says Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. It will give business people access to new markets and enable travellers to connect more easily to other destinations, thereby creating significant economic benefits for Montréal and opportunities for rich cultural exchanges”.

The flight is expected to have a strong economic impact on the area’s tourism industry, as well as increase business opportunities with Latin America.


As a leading Latin American airline, Copa Airlines has been working closely with Airport Authorities, Tourisme Québec and Tourisme Montréal to promote the upcoming flight, which will provide easy access for passengers from Latin America to the area’s dynamic cultural offerings, history, arts and entertainment districts, dining, nightlife and shopping experiences. Also, the new Copa flight will provide increased connectivity to seven cities in Brazil, including São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, nine cities in Colombia, including Bogota, Medellin, Cali, and Bucaramanga; Guatemala City and San Jose, Costa Rica in Central America; Lima, Peru; among other important cities in Latin America.


“Aéroports de Montréal is extremely pleased to welcome Copa Airlines. Because of its well-developed network and its efficient Hub of the Americas in Panama City, this new service will significantly enhance Montréal’s connectivity with all of Latin America, particularly Colombia and Brazil,” said James Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer of ADM.


The airline will operate a Boeing 737-700 Next Generation with 12 business class seats and 112 economy seats on the flights to Panama. Copa flight 423 will depart Montréal on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9:33 a.m., arriving at Copa’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama at 2:22 p.m. The return flight, 422, will depart Panama at 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays, arriving in Montréal at 12:49 a.m.


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. Passengers earn miles through the MileagePlus frequent-flyer program. Copa’s website,, is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese; and passengers may purchase tickets in 11 currencies.


Established in 1947, Copa Airlines transported more than 11 million passengers in 2013. The airline was named “Best Airline in the Central America and Caribbean region” at the Skytrax World Airline Awards in June 2013. Additionally, Copa continues its commitment to providing world class service to its customers by maintaining its high standard of service recognized by the industry and the best on-time performance in America.