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On July 6, Copa Airlines will inaugurate direct flights between Panama City and Paramaribo, capital of Suriname, connecting this city with 80 other Copa destinations through the Hub of the Americas located in Panama. The Hub of the Americas, which offers more international flights than any hub in the region, will provide passengers from Suriname shorter connection times and the ability to travel without customs and immigration procedures, among other benefits. The connecting flight between Panama City and Paramaribo will initially operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, promoting investment opportunities for economic and tourism development between Suriname, Panama and the other countries where Copa Airlines operates

Panama City, January 17, 2019Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A., {NYSE: CPA}, and member of the global Star Alliance network, today announced plans to begin service to Paramaribo, Suriname twice weekly starting on July 6. This new route will make Suriname the 81st city the airline connects with the rest of its network of destinations through the Hub of the Americas located at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. 

“We are pleased to announce this direct flight to Paramaribo, a city that will benefit from the connectivity offered by our extensive network of destinations, providing access to the 32 other countries Copa serves. We are confident that this new route, which will commence on July 6 of this year, will promote greater opportunities for commercial and tourist activity in this unique and attractive country,” said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines.

Once operations between Panama City and Paramaribo begin, Suriname will be quickly and efficiently connected to 32 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean through the Hub of the Americas, providing passengers with shorter connection times, service sending checked baggage to their final destination and the possibility of completing their flights without the need for customs or immigration procedures.

“We are very proud to state that the efforts of our team, the team of Copa and the routes development experts, have finally resulted in Copa Airlines to add PBM to their route network. This new route brings Suriname closer to the rest of the Americas, which contributes to our strategic vision to reach one million passengers in 2033. We invite all the people from the Americas to visit our beautiful country with its untouched nature, where you can taste a great variation of cultures. We wish Copa Airlines many safe flights and hope to grow as partners,” said Vijay Chotkan, CEO of Airport Management, operator of the J. A. Pengel International Airport.

Paramaribo, capital of Suriname, is located near the country’s northern border along the Atlantic Ocean and has a population of approximately 560,000 inhabitants. With British and Dutch-inspired architecture, Paramaribo is a lively city with a fascinating mix of cultures, offering its visitors attractions such as walks along the Suriname River and tours of its renowned historic center, considered by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.  In addition to attracting thousands of tourists every year, the historic district reflects the region’s rich Dutch influence with a variety of colonial and religious buildings from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Besides Paramaribo, Suriname has many more districts where nature is the key ingredient, as over 90% of the country is covert in untouched rainforest. 

Flight CM318 will initially operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing at 9:17 a.m. from Panama (local time) and arriving at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport at 3:45 p.m. (local time). The return flight, CM319, will depart on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Paramaribo at 5:52 p.m. (local time), arriving in Panama at 8:28 p.m. (local time). The route will be operated by a Boeing 737-700 with capacity for 12 passengers in Business Class and 112 in the main cabin.

Copa Airlines currently operates an average of 350 daily flights through the Hub of the Americas located at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, connecting 81 cities in 33 countries of the continent. At the beginning of 2019, the airline was recognized by the Official Airline Guide of London as “The most punctual airline in the world” and FlightStats distinguished Copa for the sixth consecutive year as “The most punctual airline in Latin America,” in both cases for its 2018 results. In that period, Skytrax chose it as the “Best Airline of Central America and the Caribbean” and “Best Staff” of Airline in Central America and the Caribbean” for its performance in 2017.

About Copa Holdings, S.A.

Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, is a leading passenger and cargo airline in Latin America. It currently serves 80 destinations in 32 countries across North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. Operating continuously for 70 years, it has established the Hub of the Americas in Panama City as the continent’s leading hub. It has one of the industry’s newest and most modern fleets, with 105 aircraft— 82 Boeing Next-Generation 737s and 19 Embraer-190s, 4 Boeing 737 MAX9 —and on-time performance of around 90%, among the best in the industry. Thanks to its on-time performance, Copa Airlines was recognized by FlightStats as “Latin America’s most on-time airline” for the sixth year in a row. The London-based Official Airline Guide also named Copa Airlines “the world’s most on-time airline,” based on its on-time performance in 2018. In the same year, the company was recognized with the “La aerolínea líder de México y Centroamérica” at the World Travel Awards. In 2016, Copa was also honored with three Skytrax awards: “Best Airline in Central America and the Caribbean,” “Best Airline Staff in Central America and the Caribbean” and “Best Regional Airline in Central America.” As a member of the Star Alliance, Copa Airlines offers travelers the ability to reach 1,330 airports in 190 countries, with more than 18,450 daily flights. Copa also has code-share agreements with United Airlines, Aeromexico, Avianca, GOL, Azul, Cubana, TAME, KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, Iberia, Turkish, Asiana, Eva Airways and Emirates. To plan your travel and manage your reservations, securely buy tickets in seven currencies, use Web Check-in, print boarding passes and find information about travel policies and immigration requirements, visit Plus, visit to learn about Copa Airlines’ improved and expanded loyalty program, designed especially for our travelers.

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