Copa Airlines has announced its expansion into the Austin and Central Texas air service market with new nonstop service to Panama City. The first flight will depart from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) on July 6, 2023. The airline, based in Panama, will be the sixth international airline at AUS and the fourth new carrier to launch since 2020. The new route will offer connections to over 55 destinations in Latin America via the Hub of the Americas located at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. The flight will be serviced by a Boeing 737-800.
“This exciting announcement has been years in the making,” Jacqueline Yaft, CEO of AUS, says in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled to welcome Copa Airlines to Austin, Texas, and cannot wait for Austinites and Central Texas to discover the gem of Panama City, Panama, a destination rich in culture, history and community. AUS is proud to bring more convenient options for connecting Central Texas to Central and South America. This route will provide economic and tourism benefits for generations to come.”
Travelers will get to explore the crossroads between North and South America with Panama City offering a robust gastronomy scene, exciting nightlife, and nature-based experiences such as whale watching, scuba diving, surfing, and hiking up the highest point in the country, Baru Volcano National Park.
“We continue strengthening our network of destinations in the U.S. and incorporating this new route represents a window of opportunities to increase commerce, tourism, and cultural and educational exchanges between the state capital of Texas, Panama, and our entire region,” Christophe Didier, Vice President of Global Sales and Distribution at Copa Airlines said. “We’re pleased to offer greater connectivity to our passengers and contribute to the growth of tourism and commerce in Panama and the countries we serve.” Over 55 additional destinations in Latin America will be accessible through the Hub of the Americas.