On 11 July, Fort Lauderdale Airport celebrated the inaugural flight of Copa Airlines to Panama City with traditional Panamanian dances in the terminal and refreshments served to passengers.
- Copa Airlines, the flag carrier of Panama, increased its Panama City (PTY) offering with the launch of two new routes on 11 July. Firstly, it added its 11th US destination with the launch of four weekly flights to Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL), using a mixed fleet of its 124-seat 737-700s and 160-seat 737-800s. Secondly it inaugurated twice-weekly operations (Tuesdays and Fridays) to Georgetown (GEO) in Guyana, using the Star Alliance member’s 124-seat 737-700s. The carrier will face competition only on the service to the US from Spirit Airlines’ thrice-weekly flights. Commenting on the route launches, Joe Mohan, SVP Commercial and Planning, Copa, said: “We start with four days a week and look forward to going daily very soon. It’s not just Panama that we’re starting service to today. We fly to nine cities in Colombia, seven cities in Brazil, and what we saw there, was a tremendous amount of demand for this particular airport. Fort Lauderdale has done very well from many key countries for us.”