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Copa Airlines expands its destinations network inaugurating direct flights to Salvador de Bahía, in Brazil

 
  • As of today, July 24, Copa Airlines will connect for the first time and directly the city of Salvador de Bahia, in Brazil, with the Panama City, becoming the airline’s 79th destination in the continent.

  • Salvador de Bahía becomes destination number nine in Brazil for the airline, joining Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Recife and Fortaleza.

  • The connection between Panama and Salvador de Bahía with two weekly flights, Tuesdays and Fridays, enhances the connectivity of the Hub of the Americas, in Panama, and opens opportunities for commercial and tourist development in the Brazilian Northeast region.

Panama City, July 24, 2018

Lighthouse in Salvador Brazil

Copa Airlines {NYSE: CPA}, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, SA, and a member of the global Star Alliance airline network, announces the start of direct operations between Panama City and Salvador de Bahia, in Brazil. The inaugural flight that departed from Tocumen International Airport will allow passengers from the continent to connect, through the Hub of the AmericasHub of the Americas in Panama City, with this South American city. In turn, travelers from Salvador de Bahía will enjoy the connectivity offered by the airline with the 78 additional destinations, in 32 countries in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean.

"Today we begin this new route to Brazilto Brazil with great enthusiasm, expanding the opportunities to strengthen commercial and tourist ties with Brazil. This new route allows Copa Airlines to continue expanding the air connectivity through the Hub of the Americas, in Panama, consolidating our leadership in the Americas and strengthening our presence in South America," said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines.

Salvador de Bahía becomes destination number nine in Brazil for the airline, adding to Belo Horizonteto Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Recife and Fortaleza, the latter inaugurated last week. "This new destination to Brazil confirms the importance and potential of this market for Copa Airlines, undoubtedly one of the most important in the south of our continent, opening opportunities for the strengthening of the economy and tourism in the region, now with more connection options with the Americas," added Heilbron.

For the Secretary of Tourism of Bahia, José Alves, the operation of the Panama-Salvador flight represents the consolidation of an important partnership between the public and private powers. "The new route is the result of a series of planned actions and investments made together since last year," he says.

Salvador de Bahía, with three million inhabitants, is a city known worldwide for its majestic carnivals, nightlife, beaches and rich cultural heritage. Salvador, is a modern metropolis that preserves the charm of colonial buildings, such as the first cathedral built in Brazil or the beautiful Pelourinho neighborhood, located in the historic center of the city and founded in 1549.

The visitor will be able to enjoy a unique culinary experience in Salvador de Bahía that combines traditions brought by the Portuguese colonists mixed with the flavors of the African ethnic groups and with the ancient customs of the indigenous people of the region. Additionally, the city offers different options for shopping, from the attractive shopping centers, to vendors that adorn the avenues of the city with typical crafts. At night, the streets light up with their different options of bars, nightclubs and traditional restaurants.

Copa Airlines CM 474 will initially operate with two weekly flights on Tuesdays and Fridays, departing at 3:24 p.m. (local time) of Panama and arriving at 00:30 a.m. (local time) in Salvador, Brazil. The return flight, CM 475, will depart from Salvador on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1:45 a.m., arriving in Panama at 6:39 a.m. (local time). For this direct flight, Copa Airlines will operate a modern Boeing 737-800 aircraft with capacity to transport 160 passengers, 16 in the executive class and 144 in the main cabin.

The inauguration event of the new flight took place at Tocumen International Airport, in Panama City, and was attended by Airline executives and representatives of the authorities, such as Augusto Arosemena Moreno, Minister of Commerce and Industries; Gustavo Him, Minister of the Tourism Authority of Panama; and Flavio Macieira, Ambassador of Brazil to Panama. After the tape cut, the flight started its route at the scheduled time.

Copa Airlines currently operates an average of 350 daily flights through the Hub of the Americas, located at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, currently connecting 80 cities in 32 countries of the continent. At the beginning of 2018, the Airline was recognized for the fifth consecutive year by FlightStats as "The most punctual airline in Latin America", and by the Official Airline Guide of London as "The fourth most punctual airline in the world" and "The most punctual airline in Latin America".