Panama’s Copa Airlines, a member of Star Alliance global airline network, has begun nonstop service four times a week between Copa’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. New Orleans becomes the airline’s 11th U.S. destination and its 71st overall.
“We welcome Copa Airlines to the great City of New Orleans,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “This international flight to Panama City, Panama, opens the gateway to the Americas to provide new economic opportunity for the region’s businesses and tourism industry.”
With this agreement, which complements and expands the route network of both airlines, the connectivity between continents will improve and promote opportunities for tourism and commercial development.
Copa flight CM 499 departs New Orleans on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:01 a.m., arriving at Panama City at 10:42 a.m. The return flight, CM 498, departs Panama Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 6:33 p.m., arriving in New Orleans at 10:31 p.m. All times are local. Copa is operating a Boeing 737-700 Next-Generation aircraft on the approximately 3 ½-hour flight, with seating for 12 passengers in Business Class and 112 in the main cabin.
From the Hub of the Americas, Copa Airlines offers flights to more international destinations than any other airline from any other hub in Latin America.
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. Flight attendants are bilingual.