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About Copa Airlines

Copa Airlines was founded in 1947 and is the national flag carrier of Panama. The airline flies to over 80 destinations in 33 countries in North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The full name for Copa airlines is Compañía Panameña de Aviación.fre

The airline was established originally as Compañia Panameña de Aviación (providing the acronym COPA) in 1944 by a group of Panamanian investors assisted from Pan American Work Airways and began operating in August 1947. The airline began operating domestic flights with a small fleet of Douglas DC-3 aircraft and in the 1970s, they started international flights to Colombia, Costa Rica and Jamaica.

This airline is a Star Alliance Member. Passengers who fly business class get access to a special line at the airport check-in and boarding counters to reduce waiting time, priority baggage handling and Copa and VIP lounges worldwide.

The airline continues to add destinations in order to link Panama with major cities in the Western hemisphere and updates its fleet with the latest generation of Boeing aircraft regularly.


Copa Airlines destinations include flights to the Miami, New York, Orlando, Havana, Cancun, Santiago and more. The full details are displayed in the table below:

Asunción Silvio Pettirossi International Airport ASU
Belo Horizonte Tancredo Neves International Airport CNF
Belize City Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport BZE
Barranquilla Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport BAQ
Bogota El Dorado International Airport BOG
Boston Logan International Airport BOS
Brasilia Brasília International Airport BSB
Bridgetown Grantley Adams International Airport BGI
Bucaramanga Palonegro International Airport BGA
Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport EZE
Cali Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport CLO
Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport CTG
Cancún Cancún International Airport CUN
Caracas Simon Bolivar International Airport CCS
Chicago O'Hare International Airport ORD
Chiclayo FAP Captain José Abelardo Quiñones Gonzáles International Airport CIX
Córdoba Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport COR
David Enrique Malek International Airport DAV
Denver Denver International Airport DEN
Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport FLL
Georgetown Cheddi Jagan International Airport GEO
Guadalajara Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport GDL
Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport GUA
Guayaquil José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport GYE
Havana José Martí International Airport HAV
Holguín Frank País Airport HOG
Kingston Norman Manley International Airport KIN
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport LAS
Liberia Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport LIR
Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport LIM
Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport LAX
Managua Augusto C. Sandino International Airport MGA
Manaus Eduardo Gomes International Airport MAO
Maracaibo La Chinita International Airport MAR
Medellín José María Córdova International Airport MDE
Mendoza Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport MDZ
Mexico City Mexico City International Airport MEX
Miami Miami International Airport MIA
Montego Bay Sangster International Airport MBJ
Monterrey General Mariano Escobedo International Airport MTY
Montevideo Cesareo Berisso Airport MVD
Montreal Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport YUL
Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport NAS
New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport MSY
New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport JFK
Oranjestad Queen Beatrix International Airport AUA
Orlando Orlando International Airport MCO
Panama City Tocumen International Airport PTY
Paramaribo Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport PBM
Pereira Matecaña International Airport PEI
Philipsburg Princess Juliana International Airport SXM
Port of Spain Piarco International Airport POS
Port-au-Prince Toussaint Louverture International Airport PAP
Porto Alegre Salgado Filho International Airport POA
Puerto Vallarta Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport PVR
Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport PUJ
Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport UIO
Recife Recife Airport REC
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport GIG
Rosario Islas Malvinas International Airport ROS
Salta Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport SLA
Salvador Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport SSA
San Andres Island Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport ADZ
San Francisco San Francisco International Airport SFO
San José Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO
San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport SJU
San Pedro Sula Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport SAP
San Salvador Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport SAL
Santa Clara Abel Santamaria International Airport SNU
Santa Cruz de la Sierra Viru Viru International Airport VVI
Santiago Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport SCL
Santiago de los Caballeros Cibao International Airport STI
Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport SDQ
São Paulo São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport GRU
Tampa Tampa International Airport TPA
Tegucigalpa Toncontín International Airport TGU
Toronto Toronto Pearson International Airport YYZ
Valencia Arturo Michelena International Airport VLN
Washington, D.C. Washington Dulles International Airport IAD
Willemstad Hato International Airport CUR

Baggage Allowance

Carry-on Baggage

For domestic flights within Panama, passengers are allowed one piece of carry-on baggage. This hand luggage must be a maximum of 10 kg, and fit the dimensions 22 x 14 x 10 inches.

For international flights, the baggage allowance is one piece per person, weighing a total of 10kg.

In addition to carry-on baggage, passengers are permitted to one personal item each. This can be items such as a handbag, coat, laptop case. The dimensions of the personal item must measure a maximum of 36 combined inches. This applies to both international and domestic flights.

Checked Baggage Allowance

Economy Promo & Classic Fares: 1 piece, 23kg max weight.

Economy Full Fare: 2 pieces, 23kg each.

Business Class: 2 pieces, 32kg each.

Excess Baggage

Copa Air charges for bags that are not pre-purchased or allocated according to your ticket type. Extra baggage can be added to your reservation when booking your Copa Airlines flights through Alternative Airlines. Please contact our expert customer service team for more information.

Economy Class

Economy Class Facilities

Food and drink are served on all flights. On short-haul flights, this will depend on the time of day - if flying during breakfast, lunch or dinner, a light meal will be served, otherwise, snacks are available. Some aircraft are equipped with a new entertainment system, called the Showpass Cup, which allows passengers to view content on their digital devices. To do so, passengers will need to download the Copa Airlines app before flying.

There is an in-flight magazine for passengers to read, with duty-free shopping available.

On long-haul flights, economy passengers can enjoy a warm meal on-board, and catch up with the latest movies and your favourite TV shows with the in-flight entertainment system.

What are Economy Class Seats Like?

The comfortable seats have padded headrests, armrests and fold-down trays, along with overhead and under-seat storage. Seats are configured in a 3-3 formation.

Business Class

Passengers who travel in the Business Class cabin can enjoy greater comfort for a relaxing flight full of exclusive benefits.

Business Class Facilities

Special check-in lines at airport counters, boarding gates and priority baggage handling. Privacy and maximum comfort with 10/12 (Embraer 190 AR), 12 (Boeing 737-700) and 16 (Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737 MAX 9) seats. For international flights, Copa Airlines meal service includes great wines and liquors as well as their best gastronomical selection. Bonus miles for all members of the ConnectMiles frequent flyer program. Enjoy access to all Copa Club and Star Alliance VIP lounges worldwide.

What are Business Class Seats Like?

The seats are upholstered in high-quality leather and configured in a 2-2 formation. Depending on the type and duration of the flight, extra pillows and blankets are provided.

Seat Selection

Copa Airlines passengers are now able to pre-book seats with Alternative Airlines. You can find that extra bit of legroom you need to enjoy your flight or make sure you're sitting by the window all without leaving the Alternative Airlines' site.

Check-In Information

Copa Airlines offer a number of different options for passenger check-in, including web check-in, mobile check-in and airport check-in.

Check-In Online

Passengers can use web check-in on their desktop or laptop through the Copa Airlines website. The check-in time for web opens 24 hours before your flight and closes 1 hour before departure. Please remember to print your boarding pass once you've checked-in.

Mobile Check-In

Passengers can use their mobiles for check-in by using the airline’s mobile site. The check-in time for mobile check-in is the same for the web — it opens 24 hours before your flight and closes 1 hour before departure.

Airport Check-In

Passengers can check-in at the airport at the Copa Airlines check-in counters. For domestic flights, check-in opens one hour before flight departure time and closes 45 minutes before departure. For international flights, check-in opens 3 hours prior to scheduled departure time and closes one hour before departure.

Airport check-in is the only way that those travelling with pets or who need special assistance can check-in.

In-flight Entertainment

Every month, Copa offers passengers a range of movies, music channels and new content to keep passengers entertained on their Copa flight. Spanish, English and Portuguese are available on the flight for passengers that understand these languages.


To watch TV shows and more on your Copa flight you can now download the airline’s app to stream your inflight entertainment straight to your personal device.


To watch movies on your personal device, you can now download the Copa app.


WiFi is not available on Copa Airlines flights. However, there is a service called Showpass that allows passengers to stream TV/film onto their digital devices via WiFi - note that this service is available only on selected flights.

Food On Board

Meal Options

Copa Airlines provides food and drinks on all flights. Menus are created to provide a balanced diet using high-quality ingredients that are tasty and satisfying. What and how much is offered will depend on the route, duration and departure time of your flight, but will range from snacks to breakfast or a hot meal. You can view the exact meal offerings on the Copa Airlines website.

Passengers on domestic flights within Colombia and Panama will unfortunately not receive and food as the services are not long enough to facilitate it. Passengers are also welcome to bring their own food onboard to enjoy during their flight.

Special Dietary Requirements

For Copa Airlines passengers on international flights, a special meal can be ordered to suit specific dietary needs. This meal must be ordered at least 24 hours before flying on the Copa Airlines website, or by contacting the Alternative Airlines customer service team if you have already made a booking with us. The following meals are the special meals available on Copa Airlines flights:

Copa Airlines Drinks & Alcohol

On all Copa Airlines flights, a drinks service will be available consisting of both hot and cold soft drinks. Unfortunately, passengers cannot drink your own alcoholic beverages onboard.

Pets, Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals on Copa Airlines

All rules and regulations on travelling with a service animal, pet, or an emotional support animal, on Copa Airlines planes. Alternative Airlines provide useful information needed for flying with an animal.

Frequent Flyer Program

Passengers who want to earn miles and points when they travel with Copa Airlines can register for a ConnectMiles account on Copa's Frequent Flyer Loyalty Program. Passengers who fly with Copa Airlines can have access to famous Panorama de las Americas in-flight magazine and explore more about Panama's culture. Economy Class ticket holders can enjoy in-flight entertainment with a selection of movies music and sitcoms.

When you make your Copa Airlines booking through Alternative Airlines it is easy to collect your frequent flyer points. Simply select ConnectMiles as your frequent flyer program of choice from the drop-down options, and add your personal membership number.

Airline Alliance

Star Alliance is one of the leading global airline network, which has 26 member airlines. Star Alliance was founded in 1997 with the five founding airlines: Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways, Air Canada, Lufthansa and United Airlines. The alliance has grown considerably now to airlines which fly to 1,321 airports and 193 countries, carrying 637 million passengers every year!


Copa Airlines operates a fleet of Boeing Boeing aircraft. It has a large number of 737-800 Boeing models (60+), which can carry up to 160 passengers in a two-cabin configuration. Copa also has Boeing B737-700 and Boeing B737MAX9 aircraft, as well as 14 ERJ 190-100AR.

Hub Airport

Tocumen International Airport

Tocumen International Airport is the international airport of Panama City. The airport serves as the home base for Copa Airlines and is a regional hub to and from The Caribbean, South, North and Central America. Additionally, some major European cities such as Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Madrid are served nonstop. Airlines that fly to and from Tocumen International Airport include Aeroméxico, Air France, Air Transat, American Airlines, Avianca, KLM, LASER Airlines and Iberia.

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Copa Airlines FAQs

Are Copa Airlines flights refundable?

Whether your Copa Airlines flight tickets are refundable will depend on the terms and conditions of your flight ticket. The details of your ticket will be outlined during the booking process. When you book your flights through Alternative Airlines, we also give you the option to add flight insurance to your booking. This entitles you to a refund if you need to cancel your flight for a number of reasons outside your control.

Can I select my Copa Airlines seat?

Yes, when you book your flights through Alternative Airlines it’s easy to select your seat preference at the time of booking. With Copa Airlines, advanced seat selection is also available prior to departure, so you’ll know exactly where in the cabin you’ll be sitting.

Can I buy my Copa Airlines flights now and pay later?

Alternative Airlines offers the option to book now and pay later on any of the hundreds of flights available to book through our site, including Copa Airlines. Through Sezzle, Klarna, Quadpay, Affirm, or any of our other payment plan options. You can split the cost, interest free, no matter which airline you book. To find out more check out our Copa Airlines - Fly Now Pay Later page.

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