Copa Airlines commenced flights between Panama City and Salta in Argentina on 12 December. Among those celebrating the new route as it arrived at the airline’s newest gateway were: Carlos Eckhardt, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Salta; Christophe Didier, VP Sales, Copa Airlines; Juan Manuel Urtubey, Governor of Salta; Juan Manuel Lavallén, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports, Salta; and Gustavo Esusy, Regional Manager Mercosur, Copa Airines.
- Copa Airlines launched two new routes from Panama City (PTY) this week, starting on 12 December with a twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) service to Salta (SLA) in Argentina, the Star Alliance member’s fifth gateway to the latter nation. The airline will operate the 4,059-kilometre connection using its fleet of 737-800s, with no other airline currently connecting the two cities. Along with Salta, Copa Airlines inaugurated services to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) in Mexico on 16 December. The 3,056-kilometre route to the Pacific Coast city will operate twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) using the carrier’s fleet of 124-seat 737-700s. Puerto Vallarta becomes the airline’s fifth destination in Mexico to be served non-stop from Panama City according to OAG schedules. With these launches, it brings to 80 the number of routes that the airline operates from Panama City.