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Copa Airlines will launch a service between Panama and Montreal on June 3 with four non-stop flights weekly.
The flights will accommodate the growing affinity Quebec tourists have for Panama, and will also position Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport as a connection hub to transfer passengers on to Copa’s 55 destination cities in the Americas, said the airline chief executive officer Pedro Heilbron.
Montreal is the third North American destination Copa has launched recently, after Boston and Toronto. Fernando Fondevila, Copa’s commercial regional manager for North America, said that it will be the only non-stop service between Montreal and Latin America.
Heilbron said that the flights will be just in time to serve traffic going to soccer’s World Cup, which starts June 12 in Rio de Janeiro — one of the cities Copa connects to.
The Montreal flight takes five and a half hours. Flight 423 will leave Montreal at 9:33 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays arriving at Tocumen at 2:22 p.m. Flight 422 is scheduled to leave Tocumen at 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays Thursdays and Saturdays arriving in Montreal at 12:49 a.m.
Pierre-Paul Pharand, vice-president (airport operations and air services development) at Aéroports de Montréal, said that the flights will bring to 131 the number of destinations served directly by Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
Pierre Bellerose, vice-president (research and public relations) for Tourism Montréal, called the future links “important and delightful news.” Such connections have a symbiotic effect, he added: business travellers to Montreal eventually bring in tourists and vice versa.
Passengers who connect to other cities in Latin America will be offered a 72-hour stopover in Panama for US$40 per person — and a free 30-day health insurance card.
Founded in 1947, Copa is a Star Alliance partner and carries more than 10 million passengers a year — and is growing fast in Latin America.