Copa Airlines, the prominent Panamanian carrier, is set to streamline travel to Central America with the introduction of a new route linking Raleigh-Durham, NC, to Panama City.
Commencing its inaugural flight on June 21, the new route will operate four times weekly.
Dennis Cary, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Copa Airlines, emphasized the airline’s commitment to bridging distances and fostering connectivity, thereby bolstering Panama’s role as a pivotal hub for millions across the Americas. Cary stated, “The introduction of the new Raleigh-Durham route not only promotes cultural exchanges within the Americas but also encourages and deepens tourism and business ties… This new route also provides the opportunity for more American tourists to enjoy the wonders of Panama.”
Scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, the flight will depart from Panama daily at 8:56 a.m. local time, arriving in Raleigh at 2:28 p.m. local time. The return leg will depart from Raleigh on the same day at 4:20 p.m. and touch down back in Panama at 7:46 p.m.
In addition to North Carolina, Copa Airlines serves over a dozen destinations across the United States, including Atlanta, New York, Boston, and Chicago. With the addition of the new route, the airline’s network will encompass 85 destinations in 32 countries spanning North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
Operating within the esteemed Star Alliance network, Copa Airlines operates a modern fleet of Boeing aircraft, including the 737-800 NG and 737 MAX 9.
The launch of the Panama route coincides with the onset of the bustling summer season, although Panama’s allure transcends seasonal boundaries. Positioned just above the Equator, Panama boasts pristine white sand beaches, the expansive Pacific Ocean coral reefs, and verdant jungles, offering an enticing destination year-round.