Copa Airlines is the flag carrier of Panama and operates more than 326 daily scheduled flights to 72 destinations in 30 countries around North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
Copa Airlines was established originally as Compañia Panameña de Aviación (providing the acronym COPA) in 1944 and began operating in August 1947. A group of Panamanian investors assisted from Pan American Work Airways. The airlines began operating domestic flights with a small fleet of Douglas DC-3 aircraft and in the 1970s, Copa Airlines started international flights to Colombia, Costa Rica and Jamaica.
Copa Airlines 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 has purchased 32 additional Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft to be delivered between 2015 and 2018 to meet expectations for growth.
Pieces that meet the weight restrictions will be transported without charge.
Fees for excess baggage are cumulative depending on registered baggage conditions. For example, if weight and size exceed the limit, the sum of both corresponding fees is charged.
Taxes may be applied to these costs based on the charges established by the country.
All baggage exceeding maximum weight, size dimensions or piece limitations, will be transported subject to space availability and surcharges will be charged in accordance with exchange of the day.
Anything weighing more than 100 lb must be sent as cargo.
Flights to/from Bahamas and Cuba* individual pieces over 32kg (70lb) are not allowed.
Each piece can measure up to 62 combined linear inches (158 cm) (height + length + width).
Pieces with a combined linear measurement between 63 inches (159 cm) and 107 inches (272 cm) are considered excess baggage.
Pieces whose combined linear measurements exceed 107 inches (272 cm) will not be accepted as baggage and must be transported as cargo.
If your suitcase has wheels, the wheels are not included in the linear measurement of the suitcase.
|Business Class and Main Cabin
ConnectMiles Silver members & Star Alliance Silver
|1 carry-on bag
||46 linear inches (115 cm)
length + width + height
|10 kg (22 lb)
Star Alliance Gold, ConnectMiles Gold, Platinum & Presidential Platinum
|1 carry-on bag
||46 linear inches (115 cm)
length + width + height
|10 kg (22 lb)
|Star Alliance Gold, ConnectMiles Gold, Platinum & Presidential Platinum
||2 carry-on bags
||46 linear inches (115 cm) each
length + width + height
|10 kg (22 lb)
** Except on flights departing to or from the United States, where the carry-on luggage policy continues to be 1 carry-on bag and 1 additional item
Carry-on baggage allowed for flights within Panama
|One carry-on piece of luggage
||46 linear inches (115 cm)
length + width + height
|10 kg (22 lb)
Frequent Flyer Program
Copa Airlines provides ConnectMiles, a loyalty program specially designed for travelers.
With ConnectMiles, travelers will receive the best loyalty benefits Copa has to offer - exclusive benefits that will only be available for their members.
ConnectMiles members always earn one mile per mile flown when traveling on Copa Airlines
17th May 2018
Copa Airlines plans to return to St Maarten in June
Panama-based carrier Copa Airlines will resume flights to St Maarten on June 2, according to the airline. Copa had suspended operations to St Maarten in September 2017 in the wake of Hurricane Irma but its looking promising to regain services in the region. The flights will run twice a week from Panama City. Copa is an important connection point to the Caribbean for many travelers from Latin America. The airline also said that it would begin new promotion efforts of St Maarten, St Martin and nearby Anguilla.
16th April 2018
Copa Airlines, LC Perú and Peruvian undergo a code-share agreement
Copa Airlines airline will operate under the code-sharing system with the national carrier LC Peru and Peruvian airlines starting from June of this year, said José Agüero, general manager of the Panamanian company.An agreement was signed at the beginning of last year in order to boost the traffic of their flight to Chiclayo and connect Peruvians with more remote regions. In this regard, the executive said that this initiative is in the implementation phase. So far, they have moved a little faster with LC Peru, with those already in the testing phase.
"It is a process of some complexity, with an 'upgrade' in the system of them, so that everything can be interconnected and so travelers can buy their tickets at once," said Aguero, in statements to the newspaper El Comercio . In a second phase, they will work with travel agencies. Copa is determined to generate more traffic towards its Chiclayo-Panama route and connect it with the other destinations that cover the LC Peru and Peruvian nationals in the country, through a single purchase.
For the time being, Copa Airlines will focus on consolidating the routes where it is operating. Agüero said that the possibility of incorporating new routes is not on the radar, but he does consider evaluating a new frequency from Chiclayo to Panama. The changes have already attracted travelers directly to the northern cities. According to Agüero, many of the tourists who visit Peru for the second time travel to the north of the country. At the end of 2018, Copa Airlines aims to transport more than 500,00 passengers.
3rd April 2018
Copa Airlines makes St Maarten comeback!
Copa Airlines, a carrier based in Panama, is making its return to the island of St Maarten. Copa's comeback will kick off with weekly flights to St Maarten in June, according to Acting Minister of Tourism Cornelius de Weever. “This is a significant development. Copa Airlines is a strategic partner where airlift is concerned from Latin America,” de Weever said in a statement. “The airline is the Hub of the Americas in Panama which offers the most direct way to connect to the Americas, while SXM Airport is the hub for the North Eastern Caribbean.”
This comes at a crucial time for St Maarten, due to the economic instabilities in the wake of Hurricane Irma, given the importance of Copa’s hub in Panama as a gateway from Latin America to the Caribbean. Copa had been serving St Maartien since 2010 before suspending operations to the island idue to the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma.
15th March 2018
Copa Airlines Eyes Boeing’s NMA
Panama-based Copa Airlines is “very, very interested” in learning more about Boeing’s proposed new mid-market aircraft (NMA), which looks to be ideal for the carrier’s operations, Copa CEO Pedro Heilbron said. While the Boeing 737 MAX, of which Copa has more than 60 on order, is designated to be the backbone of Copa’s future fleet, Heilbron said the NMA is intriguing and could potentially complement MAX aircraft in its fleet.
12th February 2018
GAT Airline Ground Support and Copa Airlines Begin Partnership in San Francisco
GAT Airline Ground Support is excited to announce a new partnership with Copa Airlines at San Francisco International Airport. On May 1, 2018, the ground support services provider will begin performing unsurpassed ramp, baggage handling and customer service for Copa Airlines extending the airlines’ passenger experience with premium on-time departures from SFO to Central America.
“During several months of explosive growth in SFO, we secured the talent and tools needed to meet the needs our airline business partners,” said Antonio Sanchez, General Manager, SFO Operations for GAT.
“We are extremely excited to partner with GAT Airline Ground Support. They have a great reputation of providing unparalleled airline ground services,” said Copa Airlines Station Manager, Lynestie Labrada.
GAT Airline Ground Support provides premium airline ground support and has been surpassing client expectations for more than 40 years. With a focus on delivering unsurpassed airline and passenger experience, GAT Airline Ground Support’s capable team of more than 2,200 employees serves 38 air hubs throughout the U.S.
From landing to lift-off, GAT Airline Ground Support specializes in customer experience, cargo handling and warehousing, ramp services and a host of other transportation-related services. The company’s strong tradition of a relentless focus on safety and a team atmosphere is supported by technology and performance-based execution.
3rd January 2018
Copa Launches Denver - Panama Flights
There’s a new way to fly to the heart of the Caribbean Basin.
Copa Airlines has announced the launch of new service between Denver, Colorado and Panama City.
The new nonstop flights connect Denver to more than 55 destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean through Copa’s Panama hub at Tocumen International Airport.
It’s the latest new service between Denver and the Western Caribbean, following Southwest’s launch of flights to Belize earlier this year.
The flights will be operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Copa is operating the service on Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft with capacity for 16 passengers in business and 138 in the main cabin.
“Our new route to Denver demonstrates the Hub of the Americas’ continued leadership position among airline hubs in Latin America,” said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines. “Denver is our 13th U.S. destination and will allow passengers to make convenient connections to more than 55 destinations throughout Latin America. Denver is a flourishing mecca of progress in the U.S. and Panama is a nucleus of travel and commerce for Central and South America and the Caribbean. Uniting the two cities through this route will undoubtedly boost tourism and economic development between Colorado, Panama and the rest of the region.”
13th December 2017
Copa Airlines celebrates Colorado connection
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in Panama City for Copa Airlines’ inaugural flight to Denver on 11 December. By launching services to the Mile High City, Copa now serves 13 destinations in the US.
Copa Airlines commenced flights to Colorado on 11 December, the day of the airline’s first service between Panama City (PTY) and Denver (DEN). The Star Alliance member will offer four weekly flights on the 4,239-kilometre sector using its 737-800s, with the route facing no direct competition. With the launch of flights to Denver, Copa now serves 13 destinations in the US, with it already having a presence at Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York JFK, Orlando, San Francisco, Tampa and Washington Dulles. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Copa carried 2,282,022 passengers to/from the US in 2016, while for the first five months of 2017 it has transported 970,692, up 7.1% when compared to the first five months of last year.
12th October 2017
Copa Airlines welcomed as DIA's newest airline
KUSA - Copa Airlines was celebrated as Denver's newest airline at a branding event Wednesday morning.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock welcomed Copa Airlines and its CEO Pedro Heilbron to the Mile High City.
Copa Airlines will operate nonstop service to Panama City's Tocumen International Airport from Denver International Airport beginning December 11. The airline will fly four direct flights to Panama City each week.
“It is the gateway to the rest of Latin America,” Copa Airlines Regional Manager Fernando Fondevila said of Tocumen International Airport at an event in April. “Our new Denver flight will open doors to diverse business and tourism opportunities throughout the region.”
6th October 2017
Peruvian Airlines and LC Peru team up with Copa Airlines
Codeshare agreement to allow Copa passengers to connect with LC Peru and Peruvian
Copa Airlines has signed a codeshare agreement with Peruvian Airlines and LC Peru to offer lower fares and better domestic connections for international flights.
The Panamanian airline offers international flights to Lima and Chiclayo via their hub in Panama City, where it provides connections with major airports in North America and Europe.
Copa expects to bring more customers into their direct flights to Chiclayo with the new agreement, which is the first to focus on secondary cities in Peru. The initiative will allow the airline to offer better domestic connections and expand to other Peruvian cities in the near future.
The airline is doubling down efforts to avoid the fate of their direct flight to Iquitos—which never gained enough traction to become economically viable and was eventually suspended. Codeshare flights under this agreement will be offered by Copa and only available for purchase through their commercial channels.
“Twenty years ago, our services were seen as a luxury for a privileged few. Nowadays, commercial flights are a mass transportation industry that requires an evermore efficient and customized service,” Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Hebron told El Comercio, pointing out the pressure Latin American airlines are experiencing to step up their competitiveness, both in service and airfares.
The international flight market in Peru is growing; according to a report by the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC), the number of international passengers has increased 13.6% between January and July compared to the same period in 2016, for a total of 5,830,185 passengers going in or out of the country.
In the same period, Peruvian Airlines and LC Peru transported 23.9% of all domestic passengers while Copa flew 9.4% of all international passengers.
This alliance could help the three parties increase their slice of the cake in an emerging market dominated by LAN Peru and Taca Peru, which provided their services to 69.4% of domestic and 40.2% of all international passengers over the same period.
10th August 2017
Regional GDP Growth Fules Copa's 2Q
Resurgent economies in South America and currency stabilization contributed to Copa Airlines’ strong second-quarter results, with operating margins doubling in the quarter from 2016. The Panamanian carrier reported operating margins of 14.4%, or double its 2016 results. For the rest of the year, Copa expects margins to be 16-18%. The carrier expects to return to its historical norm of margins in the high teens-to-low 20% range.
7th August 2017
Colombian LCC Wingo: Copa becomes first Latin American airline group to test out multi-brand model
The Panama-based airline group Copa Holdings is testing out the multi-brand model with its LCC brand Wingo, which launched operations in late 2016 and is now operating 17 short haul routes. Wingo has already captured a 2% share of seat capacity in both the group’s home markets, Colombia and Panama.
Copa is following a typical multi-brand strategy by using Wingo to take over unprofitable routes that were previously under the full service brand Copa Colombia, as well as launching new point-to-point leisure routes that would not be viable under its normal two-class full service product.
However, Copa has decided not to follow the typical multi-brand strategy of establishing a new airline from scratch; Wingo uses the Copa Colombia operators certificate, providing economies of scale and minimising risk, but potentially limiting the potential benefits.
As the first LCC under a Latin American full service airline group, Wingo is an experiment in many respects. If the initial trial using four single class 737-700s is successful, Copa could use Wingo to expand in Colombia and Panama as well as potential other Latin American markets while other full service airline groups may be compelled to establish their own LCC brands or subsidiaries.
1st August 2017
Panama, Copa Airlines, Pullmantur jointly promote cruises from Colón
The Panama Tourism Authority, Copa Airlines and Pullmantur Cruises signed a collaboration agreement to promote Panama as a cruise destination.
The goal is to attract Latin Americans to Panama, boosting tourism and Pullmantur's sailings from Colón, one of the line's three regional homeports.
Under the agreement, Copa Airlines will provide exclusive rates to passengers joining a Pullmantur cruise in Colón who fly from 14 airports in eight Latin American countries: Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre and Río de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico; Asunción, Paraguay; Lima, Peru; and Montevideo, Uruguay.
The rates will be used by wholesalers to create fly-cruise packages, according to Karla Guillén, manager of wholesale sales, Copa Airlines.
The Panama Tourism Authority will work with Pullmantur Cruises on various promotions in the Southern Cone, including exposure on television and in movie theaters in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador with 10- and 20-second spots about seven-night vacation packages to five destinations.
The packages will also be promoted on mobile and fixed billboards and signs in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica, as well as in newspapers and magazines.
'We will have weekly cruise arrivals, which will generate more income and higher hotel occupancy,' Panama Tourism Authority administrator Jennifer Champsaur said.
Agusto Terracina, manager of the cruise terminal Colón 2000, said the marketing collaboration will bring more tourists to Panama, who stay two or three days before or after their cruise, boosting business, especially on weekends when there's less business in hotels and shopping centers.
Pullmantur's Monarch will sail from Colón on 52 departures of its 'Antilles and Southern Caribbean' and 'Legendary Caribbean' routes, and is expected to double the number of passengers carried from there.
5th July 2017
Copa Airlines celebrates five years connecting Curacao to Continent
COPA Airlines is celebrating its fifth anniversary connecting Curaçao to the rest of the Latin continent. COPA with its four flights a week has the commitment to the tourism industry and the business community in Curaçao. Compañía Panameña de Aviación, S.A. (commonly referred to simply as "Copa Airlines") is the flag carrier of Panama. It is headquartered in Panama City, Panama, with its main hub at Tocumen International Airport. It operates more than 315 daily scheduled flights to 74 destinations in 31 countries around North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
27th June 2017
Copa Airlines Orders 15 Boeing 737 MAX 10 Aircraft - For year 2020
Copa Holdings placed an order for a fleet of 15 new Boeing 737 MAX 10s at this year’s Paris Air Show. The deal represents an upgrade to its existing order of 737 MAX 8 aircraft and will make Copa “the first airline in Latin America to operate the newest addition to the MAX family,” according to the carrier.
The aircraft, which are expected to be delivered in 2020, will go toward replacing existing planes Copa has been operating and support “plans for strategic growth,” stated the airline in a statement. Copa Airlines is encouraged by the single-aisle 737 Max 10s operating efficiency, lower per-seat cost, and extended range.
The 737 MAX 10, in line with Boeing’s other 737 MAX models, will be equipped with CFM International LEAP-1B engines, “advanced technology winglets,” and the “Boeing Sky Interior,” among other modern aircraft features.
“Due to the long-term success we’ve had operating 737 NG, we had placed a sizable order of 737 MAX aircraft for our future, and the 737 MAX 10 provides additional flexibility for certain segments of our network,” said Ahmad Zamany, Copa Airlines’ vice president of technical operations. In June 2017, Copa Airlines announced its strategy for Latin America. United and Copa continue to have extensive code-sharing. In particular, Quayle said, United flies from Newark and Houston to Panama City, and has extensive code-shares beyond Panama City. From Panama City, Copa offers 160 daily departures to 73 cities in 31 countries. It serves 12 U.S. destinations: Boston, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, F'a., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Tampa and Washington.
Copa Airlines announced it was converted 15MAXs to MAX 10s. Panama City-based Copa Airlines will convert 15 previously ordered Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to the new MAX 10 version, the company said at the Paris Air show June 21. Copa will become the first airline to operate the 737 MAX 10 in Latin America. It will use the new MAX 10s to replace existing aircraft and support the company’s plans for strategic growth, intending to be the “first airline in the region to operate the 737 MAX on deep South American and North American routes. Copa finalized an order for 61 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft in May 2013, and expects to take delivery of its first MAX 9 in August 2018. The airline operates a fleet of over 100 aircraft including 66 737-800s, 14 737-700s and 21 Embraer E190s.
23rd May 2017
Copa Airlines to expand codeshare agreement with United Airlines
From 11th December 2017, Copa Airlines plans to further codeshare expansion with United, as it commences from Panama City - Dener 4 x Weekly flights. The latest expansion will see additional 47 routes carrying Copa's CM-coded flights numbers via Denver, including service to Canada.
2nd May 2017
Copa Ailrines announces codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines
Copa Airlines and TUrkish Airlines have agreed to operate joint flights. Both Star Alliance members, the two airlines have signed a code-sharing agreement to provide more travel options for passengers. A codeshare agreement permits 2 or more airlines to list certain flights in a reservation system under eachothers names.
Latin American passengers will be connected via Istanbul to Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Turkey's flag carrier currently has 337 aircraft and flies to 298 destinations -- 249 international and 49 domestic.
Turkish Airlines was chosen as Europe's Best Airline for the 6th time and the Best Airline in Southern Europe for the eighth consecutive time in a 2016 Skytrax survey.
24th April 2017
Copa Airlines announces non-stop services from Denver to Panama
From December 2017, Copa Airlines will commence a non-stop service between between Denver International Airport in Denver and Copa’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. This will be 4 times weekly.
Denver will be the airline’s 13th U.S. destination and its 74th overall. Copa’s nonstop flight will enable Denver passengers to arrive in Panama 2-3 hours sooner than via other airlines.
8th March 2017
Copa Airlines have expanded their codeshare agreement with GOL Airlines which now includes additional route services between Brazil and Panama city. New Codeshare routes begin from 17th February:
Panama City to: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife
14th February 2017
Copa Airlines plan to expand codeshare routes with United, covering additional routes to and from Chicago O’Hare from 1st June 2017.
Chicago O’Hare to: Denver, Hartford, Jackson Hole, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Pitsburgh
19th January 2017
Copa Airlines has begun construction on modern new aircraft maintenance centre in Panama. The new hangar, located at Tocumen international Airport in Panama City, will provide the ability to handle all major aircraft maintenance work in the country.