Copa Airlines will launch a nonstop flight between Denver and Panama City this December after United Airlines discontinued the route. The difference is this time, Denver leaders believe they have the right airline to make the connection to the “hub of the Americas” work.
The Panamanian carrier will begin flying the route on Dec. 11, offering four weekly flights on a 154-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Flight time between Denver and Panama’s capital city is about 5-½ hours.
The new Copa flights will leave Denver at 10:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays and arrive in Panama City the next morning at 6:05 a.m. The return flight will leave Panama City on the same days at 11:50 a.m. and arrive in Denver at 4:12 p.m.
“We expect the addition of Denver, our newest U.S. destination, to generate business and leisure travel not only between Colorado and Panama but also to our more than 55 destinations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean,” Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron said in a statement announcing the new service.
The new Copa flights will be more successful than the United flights for several reasons, Patrick Heck, DIA chief commercial officer, told the Business Journal. For one, Copa has more regional connections than United, giving travelers more options.
Copa, which flies to 73 destinations, has been aggressively expanding in the last year as it looks to establish the expanding Tocumen International Airport as the “hub of the Americas.”