Copa Airlines has announced it will be launching new flights between Panama City and Denver effective from December 11, 2017. The move is aimed at offering increased options to travelers from Denver to visit the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
Copa Airlines, a member of Star Alliance, said that it will start operating four-times per week flights services between Denver International Airport and Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport starting December 11. The new service has come as a boon for travelers from the U.S. to reach Panama at least 2 to 3 hours earlier than other airlines currently serving the route. Usually, after boarding flights from Denver to Panama City, the customers are required a layover in Dallas, Newark Liberty or Houston. Presently, more than 30 passengers fly daily between the two destinations.
The new Denver-Panama City service was announced in April this year. Copa Airlines became the second international airline to announce new flights to Denver. Earlier, Norwegian Air was the first to announce flights to Denver on April 5. Both the low-cost carriers have expanded their global network by launching flights to Denver.
United Airlines was until now offering direct flights to Panama City from Denver since it was launched in December 2014. The daily service was seen as a great boost to tourism and economy in Colorado. However, United Airlines operated the service for 10 months and stopped it saying it was proving to be unprofitable.
Copa Airlines will now become the eighth international carrier and overall 24th airline to provide nonstop flights from Denver to Panama City. With this Denver will also become Copa Airlines’ 13th destination in the United States. A spokesperson of Copa Airlines said that the outbound flights will depart from Denver at 10:30 pm and reach Panama City at 6:05 am next day. The flights would operate 4-times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The return flights would make its departure from Panama City at 11:50 am and make its arrival in Denver at 4:12 pm. The Denver-Panama City route will be operated with the help of a Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation aircraft.