Panama, June 8 2010 - Copa Airlines has announced that it will begin a second daily nonstop flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the airline's Hub of the Americas in Panama on July 1, which will increase connection options to Central, South America and the Caribbean.
"We are extremely pleased to expand our service to and from Los Angeles, providing two daily flights that allow passengers to select the schedule that is best for them, whether they are traveling to visit family and friends or conduct business," said Fernando Fondevila, Copa Airline's regional manager, North America. "Now our passengers can choose to fly by day or at night, with a wide range of convenient connections throughout Latin America."
Copa Airlines' new flight 473 will depart Los Angeles at 9:28 a.m. Pacific Time, arriving in Panama at 5:58 p.m. The return flight 472 will depart Panama at 12:20 p.m. local time, arriving in Los Angeles at 5:10 p.m.
The new flight will be operated with a Boeing 737-800 "Next Generation" aircraft, which seats 16 passengers in business class and 144 in the main cabin. The comfortable, state-of-the-art aircraft has a spacious interior, large overhead compartments and a 12-channel audio-visual entertainment system in English, Spanish and Portuguese, with new movies monthly and complimentary headsets. All Copa flights include complimentary meals, beverages, wines and spirits. Flight attendants are bilingual or trilingual.
The new flight complements Copa's original daily nonstop service, which departs Los Angeles at 2 a.m. and arrives in Panama at 10:30 a.m.
"The strong demand we have experienced in this market demonstrates that more people are realizing that Copa is the best way to connect with the Americas," Fondevila added.
For more information on departures and arrivals please contact Copa Airlines Reservation Center 1-800-FLY COPA or visit www.copaair.com
About Copa Holdings
Copa Holdings, through its Copa Airlines and Aero República operating subsidiaries, is a leading Latin American provider of passenger and cargo service. Copa offers more than 150 daily scheduled flights to 45 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 airlines. From the U.S., Copa offers nonstop service to Panama 20 times a week from Miami; daily from New York City (JFK) and Los Angeles; five times a week from Washington, D.C. (Dulles); and 13 times a week from Orlando. Aero República, the second-largest air carrier in Colombia, provides service to 12 cities in Colombia as well as international connectivity with Copa Airlines' Hub of the Americas through daily flights from Bogotá, Cali and Medellin. To make reservations and seat selection, add OnePass numbers, keep a trip log, check in for flights, print boarding passes and pay for tickets via secure transactions in six different currencies (U.S. dollars; Argentine, Chilean, Colombian and Mexican pesos; and Brazilian reales), visit www.copaair.com