Copa Airlines to launch new nonstop service between Panama and Montreal

Copa Airlines to launch new nonstop service between Panama and MontrealMONTREAL — Copa Airlines, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A., and a member of Star Alliance, will begin nonstop service four times a week from Montreal to Panama, on June 3, 2014.

Montreal will be Copa Airlines’ second destination in Canada and number 67 out of 69 total destinations Copa will serve by the end of July.

“Copa Airlines’ sustained growth in recent years has allowed us to reinforce our leadership in Latin American aviation and to strengthen the Hub of the Americas’ position as the most successful and efficient hub for travel to and from, as well as within, Latin America,” said Pedro Heilbron, Copa Airlines CEO.

“Copa Airlines is very pleased to offer the first nonstop service from Montreal to Panama and the only nonstop service between Montreal and Latin America,” said Fernando Fondevila, Copa Airlines Commercial Regional Manager for North America. “Our new flight will provide increased travel options for Montreal-area residents to business and leisure destinations to more than 55 cities throughout Latin America, including the most convenient and direct service to three cities in Colombia (Medellin, Bogota and Cali); as well as to Lima, Peru; San Jose, Costa Rica; Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador; Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; and Caracas, Venezuela, among others.”

The airline will operate a Boeing 737-700 Next Generation with 12 business class seats and 112 economy seats on the flights to Panama. Copa flight 423 will depart Montreal on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9:33 a.m., arriving at Copa’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama at 2:22 p.m. The return flight, 422, will depart Panama at 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays, arriving in Montreal at 12:49 a.m.

“Aéroports de Montréal is extremely pleased to welcome Copa Airlines. Because of its well-developed network and its efficient Hub of the Americas in Panama City, this new service will significantly enhance Montreal’s connectivity with all of Latin America, particularly Colombia and Brazil,” said James Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer of ADM.

Montreal is Copa’s second Canadian destination. Copa began nonstop service to Panama from Toronto in 2011.

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.