Looking really pleased about Copa Airlines' new non-stop service between Panama City and Tampa in Florida are Tampa Airport CEO Joe Lopano and Copa Airlines Regional Manager, North America, Fernando Fondevila. The route will be served four times weekly and Tampa becomes Copa's ninth US destination, and 66th in total. Joe and Fernando were then joined by some Panamanian dancers to cut the ribbon celebrating the first flight. Getting ready to enjoy a spectacular Panama-themed cake are (left to right): Chris Minner, VP of Marketing, Tampa International Airport; Bob Buckhorn, Mayor of the City of Tampa; and Justin Meyer, Director of Air Service and Development, Tampa International Airport.
- Copa Airlines has started four times weekly flights from its Panama City (PTY) hub to Tampa, FL (TPA), its ninth destination in the US and its 66th destination overall. The 2,120-kilometre sector will be operated using a mix of the airline’s 737-700s and 737-800s. The first flight operated on 16 December, and no other carrier serves the route. Copa already serves two other airports in Florida; Miami, with up to six daily flights, and Orlando, with four daily flights. Joe Mohan, Senior VP Commercial and Planning, said: “Copa Airlines is pleased to offer the first-ever non-stop service between Latin America and Tampa Bay, a city with strong commercial ties to Panama, numerous area tourist attractions, and a growing Hispanic population.” To see how Tampa’s fire truck water arch salute compares with this week’s rivals.