Copa Airlines Network Expands To 81 Destinations Across 32 Countries

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Panamanian carrier Copa Airlines is set to reach 81 destinations across 32 countries in the Americas following the launch of its new route between Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and Jacinto Lara International Airport (BRM) in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. This new service will be launched in October 2023.


A new route for Copa Airlines

On Thursday, Copa Airlines announced the launch of a new route to Venezuela, reaching its fifth destination in the South American country and the 81st overall across the Americas. Starting on October 17, 2023, Copa Airlines will begin flying to Barquisimeto, the fourth-largest city in Venezuela.

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The flight to Barquisimeto from Tocumen International will have three weekly frequencies on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. It will depart from Panama at 09:13, reaching Barquisimeto at 12:18. The return service will leave on the same day at 13:28, landing in Panama at 14:33 local time.

A Copa Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9 in Sao Paulo

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As of June 2023, Copa Airlines operates 35 weekly flights to Venezuela. The airline’s main route is between Panama City and Caracas (CCS), with 21 weekly flights, or three daily. Copa also operates one daily to Valencia (VLN), four to Maracaibo (MAR), and three to Barcelona (BLA). About the new route to Barquisimeto, Pedro Heilbron, Copa’s Executive President, said,

“At Copa Airlines, we continue to strengthen the connectivity from Venezuela to the rest of the region. The addition of this fifth destination in Venezuela will provide more options for our passengers to connect to our extensive route network through the Hub of the Americas in Panama. This expansion of our route network in Venezuela will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the community by offering more travel options to the entire region.”

Copa’s reach in the region

As of June 2023, Copa Airlines operates 2,188 weekly flights. The airline is known for having connectivity all across the Americas, reaching almost every country in the continent, except for some island nations in the Caribbean.

A Copa Airlines aircraft parked in Tocumen

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Powered by an all-Boeing 737 fleet, Copa Airlines flies up to Montreal in the north, down to Buenos Aires in the south, west to San Francisco, and east to Rio de Janeiro (or southeast). In June, Copa Airlines is introducing two new destinations as it begins flying to Baltimore in the United States and Manta in Ecuador; next month, the Panamanian carrier will start flying to Austin, and finally, it will launch services to Barquisimeto in October.

Copa Airlines route map

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The airline’s main routes are to Cancun (operating 53 weekly flights), San Jose (Costa Rica, with 52 weekly flights), and Bogota (with 49 weekly services).

Copa results in 2023 so far

During the first quarter of 2023, Copa Holdings, the parent company of Copa Airlines and Wingo, reported a net profit of $121.5 million. That was an increase compared to the $89.4 million net profit in the same period in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Copa Airlines expects to close the year with an active fleet of 99 narrowbody jets by the end of the year. This would include 32 MAX 9s, 58 737-800s, and nine 737-700s.

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