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    Copa Airlines announces two new destinations, strengthening its route network

    Copa Airlines announces two new destinations, strengthening its route
    August 4, 2014

    Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, SA, has announced
    accomplishments for the first half of 2014 and growth plans for the
    second half, including the addition of two new direct flights, from
    Panama to Campinas, Brazil and Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba.

    The additions reflect the airline’s continued leadership in the region,
    and offer passengers from the two new destinations the fastest and most
    convenient way to connect through the Hub of the Americas in Panama with
    the rest of the continent.

    “Through the years, Copa Airlines has demonstrated its dedication to
    world-class service, providing passengers the most efficient
    connectivity on travel to and from North, Central, and South America and
    the Caribbean”, said Pedro Heilbron, Copa CEO. “These two new
    destinations will strengthen Copa’s extensive route network, fostering
    business growth in Campinas and increasing regional tourism in the
    spectacular Cayo Santa Maria”.

    For the first half of 2014, the airline showed a capacity increase,
    measured in available seat miles, of 11 percent, and transported 5.7
    million passengers, airline officials announced.

    During the first six months of 2014, Copa Airlines added four new Boeing
    Next Generation 737-800 aircraft equipped with the innovative Split
    Scimitar Winglets to its fleet, bringing its total to 94 aircraft.
    FlightStats named Copa the airline with the best on-time record in South
    America, and Aviation Week magazine named Copa “2013 Airline of the
    Year” for its performance, efficiency and the effectiveness of its
    business model.

    During the second half of 2014, Copa will add four new high-tech Boeing
    737-800 Next Generation aircraft, bringing its fleet total to 98
    aircraft and increasing the number of available seats by 10 percent over
    2013. In addition, the airline will inaugurate a fourth flight simulator
    and launch a new Aviation Maintenance Technicians internal development

    Copa Airlines continues to strengthen its contribution to Panama’s
    economic and social development, airline officials state, translating
    directly and indirectly to more than 38,000 jobs and an approximately
    4.1 percent share of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP),
    according to an International Air Transport Association (IATA) study on
    Economic Benefits of Panama Air Transport.

    New destinations:

    - Campinas, Brazil: Copa Airlines will offer one daily flight to
    Campinas, its eighth destination in Brazil. Called the “Silicon Valley”
    of Brazil, Campinas is home to the second largest concentration of
    research and development centres in the country. It is also boasts
    Brazil’s fourth-largest financial sector. The new flight will begin
    operating in December 2014.
    - Cayo Santa María, Cuba: Copa Airlines will offer two weekly flights to
    its second destination in Cuba, increasing tourist access to beautiful
    beaches; hotel accommodations including many “all inclusive” hotels,
    approximately 12,500 rooms, 5-star hotels and the the Pedraplén de
    Caibarién, an impressive 48km road stretching across the sea to Cayo
    Santa Maria, awarded the international “Puente de Alcántara” prize for
    best Latin American civil works. This new flight will also begin
    operation in December 2014.
    With the addition of these new destinations, by the end of 2014 Copa
    Airlines will offer flights to 69 destinations in 30 countries in North,
    Central, and South America and the Caribbean from its Hub of the
    Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama. The
    Hub of the Americas continues to offer more international flights to
    destinations in Latin America than any other airline.

    Source: Copa Airlines announces two new destinations, strengthening its
    route network |ETB News Australia –