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Copa Airlines launches new route connecting Panama City, Panama to Raleigh-Durham

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Arrival of Copa Airlines inaugural nonstop flight to and from Raleigh Durham, water cannon salute.

Copa Airlines launches a new route to Raleigh-Durham, expanding its U.S. network to sixteen cities, enhancing connectivity and commercial opportunities.

PANAMA CITY – Copa Airlines, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A. and member of the global Star Alliance network, inaugurated its new route to and from the Raleigh-Durham region, the capital city of North Carolina. With this new destination, Copa Airlines expands its network to sixteen cities in the United States, consolidating its presence in this market and connecting North Carolina for the first time with its extensive network in 32 countries across the Americas.

“This new route to Raleigh-Durham strengthens our presence in the United States, allowing our passengers greater connectivity and access to the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, the state’s hub of innovation and technology. Serving a new destination allows us to offer our passengers quick and convenient connections to an ever-growing network across the continent, increasing commercial exchange opportunities and tourism development in the region,” said David DeFossey, Regional Commercial Manager, North America for Copa Airlines.

Raleigh-Durham joins the other 15 destinations served by the airline in the United States: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Tampa, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. This addition reinforces the airline’s commitment to improving connectivity and offering high-quality service to its passengers, providing access to important economic and cultural centers in the United States.

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Copa Airlines new Raleigh-Durham inaugural flight, ribbon cutting ceremony.

“RDU is thrilled to welcome Copa Airlines and the new gateway its Panama City service provides to Latin America and the Caribbean through the Hub of the Americas,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. “The route opens up new possibilities for business and leisure travel from the Research Triangle region to Panama and points beyond.”

Flight CM466 to Raleigh-Durham operates with four weekly frequencies on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, departing Panama at 8:56 a.m. (local time) and arriving at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) at 2:28 p.m. (local time). The return flight CM467 will depart on the same days from Raleigh-Durham at 4:20 p.m. (local time), arriving in Panama City at 7:46 p.m. (local time).

Copa Airlines operates an average of 360 daily flights through the Hub of the Americas®, located at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, connecting to 85 cities in 32 countries across North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean. Maintaining its leadership in the region, Copa Airlines was recognized by Cirium as the “Most Punctual Airline in Latin America in 2023,” with an on-time arrival rate of 89.46%, ranking among the top three most punctual airlines globally.

Additionally, the airline was named one of the Top 15 International Airlines in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards, being the only one from the Americas region on the list.

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