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Copa Airlines Announces New Nonstop Service Between Panama And Tampa

PANAMA CITY, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  Copa Airlines {NYSE: CPA} subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A., today announced it will begin nonstop service four times a week from Panama to Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 16, 2013. Tampa will be Copa Airlines' ninth U.S. destination and its 66 th destination overall. 

"Copa Airlines is pleased to offer the first-ever nonstop service between Latin America and Tampa Bay, a city with strong commercial ties to Panama, numerous area tourist attractions, and a growing Hispanic population," said Joe Mohan, Senior Vice President, Commercial and Planning, Copa Airlines.  "Copa's new nonstop flight will offer Tampa-area residents increased business and leisure travel options and enhanced connectivity to destinations throughout Latin America, including several cities in Brazil and Colombia, San Jose, Costa Rica; Caracas, Venezuela; Guatemala; Buenos Aires; Lima, Peru; and Guayaquil and Quito, Ecuador, among others."

Copa will operate a Boeing 737-700 Next Generation with 12 business class seats and 112 economy seats on the flights to Panama. The flight will depart Panama on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 6:34 p.m., arriving in Tampa at 9:53 p.m. The return flight will depart Tampa at 7:02 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving at Copa's Hub of the Americas in Panama at 10:12 a.m.

From its Hub of the Americas in Panama, Copa offers flights to more international destinations than any other airline from any other hub in the Latin American region.  In-transit passengers making connections do not have immigration/customs waits and baggage is checked to the final destination.

Copa's on-board service includes complimentary meals and beverages, including wines and spirits; a 12-channel audio-visual entertainment system in English, Spanish and Portuguese, with new movies monthly and complimentary headsets.  Flight attendants are bilingual.  Copa's website, copa.com, is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese; passengers may purchase tickets in U.S. dollars, as well as 10 other currencies.

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