Route of the Week, 18 July issue:
Copa’s Panama to Iquitos
Copa’s CEO, Pedro Heilbron and Ollanta Humala, President of Peru, cut the ribbon for the airline’s inaugural service linking Iquitos and Panama. The world’s most remote large city, Iquitos has no access roads and huge tourist appeal.
- On 14 July, Copa inaugurated flights to the second after Lima Peruvian destination from its hub in Panama (PTY). The largest city in the Peruvian rainforest and the capital of Loreto Region, Iquitos (IQT) is also the world’s largest city that cannot be reached by road. Copa’s new service, which is the airport’s only international link, is offered with twice-weekly frequencies and operated using E190s. Norma Córdova, Regional Director for Foreign Trade, Tourism and Handicrafts, said: “Expectations are high: a comprehensive strategic plan is in place to boost the region’s tourist and commercial appeal in Panama”. This includes a workshop session ‘Río Amazonas’ to be held in Panama in August in cooperation with Copa and Promperú, the country’s agency for tourism and foreign trade promotion.