MIAMI — This Tuesday Copa Airlines inaugurated its new twice-weekly service from Panama City to Barbados, becoming the first airline that connects the Caribbean island with the rest of Central and South America.

Copa will deploy its Boeing 737-800 to the new Caribbean destination, offering a seating capacity of 152 passengers in a two-class configuration, which consists of 16 passengers in business class and 138 in the main cabin.

The inaugural flight ceremony, held at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, was attended by the directors and staff of the Airline, as well as various authorities including Gustavo Him, Minister of Tourism of Panama and William Griffith, Director General of Tourism of Barbados and Alfredo Fonseca Mora, Director of Civil Aeronautics.

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Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines, established: “With the inauguration of this flight, we strengthened our presence in the Caribbean region, where we now serve 16 destinations connecting them through the Hub of the Americas with an additional 80 destinations in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean.”

“It is for us a pride to inaugurate this connection that undoubtedly translates into the generation of important opportunities for the development of tourist and commercial activity, both for Barbados, and for Panama as we are the only airline that will connect this island with Latin America,” he concluded.

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Additionally, Billy Griffith, Executive Director of the Barbados Tourism Bureau (BTMI), shared: “This new Copa Airlines service to Barbados will continue to position the island as a global destination of unique experiences and culture, and we firmly believe that connectivity is key to the growth of tourism, which not only results in more tourists but also in the creation of Jobs and opportunities for progress.”

“We are delighted to share our incomparable natural beauty, traditions, gastronomy and varied activities not only with Panama, a country with which Barbados has strong historical ties but with the rest of Latin America through this new connection.”

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Outbound flights will depart from Panama’s Tocumen International Airport (PTY) at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, and arrive in Bridgetown’s Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) at 2:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, the inbound flight operates on the same days, Tuesdays and Fridays, taking off from BGI at 3:00 p.m. to land in PTY at 5:30 p.m.

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Copa Airlines currently operates approximately 350 daily flights through the Hub of the Americas at PTY, connecting 80 cities in 32 countries of the continent with 89 aircraft: 77 Boeing 737 Next-Generation and 12 Embraer-190.

The Panamanian airline has also agreements and codeshares with other international carriers, such as Lufthansa, Air France, and KLM, allowing its customers to reach over 1,300 airports in 191 countries, with more than 18,400 daily flights.