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Fort Lauderdale Tourism and Business Officials Welcome Copa Airlines Executives at Networking Event

March 28, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Broward County elected officials, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and Broward County Aviation/Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport executives today joined local tourism and business leaders at a luncheon welcoming Copa Airlines to Greater Fort Lauderdale. 

Copa’s Senior VP, Commercial and Planning Joseph Mohan and other Copa officials attended.

A member of Star Alliance global airline network, Copa Airlines will begin nonstop service four times a week between Fort Lauderdale and Panama on July 11, 2014, as part of plans for rapid network expansion this year.

“The sky truly is the limit for International tourism growth in Broward County,” said Carlos M. Molinet, Sr. Vice President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Copa’s new flight from Panama this summer further strengthens Greater Fort Lauderdale’s position as a gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean.”eGlobal Media-ÃÇÁ

The flight is expected to have an annual economic impact on the area’s tourism industry of approximately $12.12 million, as well as increase business opportunities with Latin America.

“Copa’s new Fort Lauderdale flight will do more than just connect the region to Panama; it opens new doors to Latin America for business and tourism growth in both directions,” said Copa’s Mohan.  “From our Hub of the Americas in Panama, passengers will be able to make convenient connections to and from more than 55 destinations throughout Latin America.”

As a leading Latin American airline, Copa Airlines has been working closely with Broward County tourism and airport authorities to promote the upcoming flight, which will provide easy access for passengers from Latin America to the area’s beaches, spa resorts, arts and entertainment districts, dining, nightlife and shopping experiences.

“We are delighted Copa Airlines has chosen Greater Fort Lauderdale to provide service through their gateway in Panama to Central and South America and are committed to supporting the airline’s continued growth and expansion plans,” said Kent G. George, Director of Aviation, Broward County Aviation Department.

Passengers from Greater Fort Lauderdale will have a convenient travel option for conducting business in Panama or visiting Panama’s many cultural, eco-travel and tourist attractions, as well as greater access to destinations throughout Central and South America. In particular, the new Copa flight will provide increased connectivity to seven cities in Brazil, including São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; nine cities in Colombia, including Bogotá, Medellin, Cali, and Bucaramanga; Guatemala City and San Jose, Costa Rica in Central America; and Lima, Peru; in addition to other major cities in Latin America.

The airline will operate a Boeing 737-700 Next Generation with 12 business class seats and 112 economy seats on the flights. Copa flight 265 will depart Copa’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11:46 a.m., arriving in Fort Lauderdale at 4 p.m.  Flight 266 will depart Fort Lauderdale at 6 p.m., arriving in Panama at 8:03 p.m. on the same days of the week.

“Copa is rapidly becoming Florida’s premiere transportation connection to Latin America,” Mohan said. “As of July 2014, Copa will offer direct nonstop service to four Florida destinations — Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando and Tampa – more than any other Latin American airline.”

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 Copa 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. Passengers earn miles through the MileagePlus frequent-flyer program. Copa’s website,copa.com, is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese; and passengers may purchase tickets in U.S. dollars, as well as 10 other currencies.

Established in 1947, Copa Airlines transported more than 11 million passengers in 2013. The airline was named “Best Airline in the Central America and Caribbean region” at the Skytrax World Airline Awards in June 2013.

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