MIAMI — Copa Airlines has announced this week that it will expand service to Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida, beginning in July 2018.

This decision comes after the carrier’s consideration to offer its passengers more flights with improved schedules and connectivity with the rest of the continent.

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“We are constantly seeking opportunities to offer our passengers more flight options,” says Copa Airlines CEO, Pedro Heilbron. “This dedication to service led us to evaluate every route and examine the possibility of increasing flight frequency. We see potential in these markets as demand has increased over this past year.”

“With these new flights in the U.S., passengers who want to visit these important tourist destinations will find that they have more seats and more dates to choose from,” Heilbron added.

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Copa will operate daily flights between Tampa International Airport (TPA) and Panama’s Tocumen International Airport (PTY) starting July 14, 2018.

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Daily flights from PTY to TPA depart at 9:10 am and land at 1:30 pm (local time), while the return flight takes off from TPA at 3:09 pm and arrives in PTY at 5:33 pm (local time).

“Having flights from Panama seven days a week makes it easier for our Latin American guests to come to enjoy our world-famous beaches, museums, nightlife and amusement parks,” says Tampa International Airport’s CEO Joe Lopano said.

“The Tampa Bay area is also an important business hub and having a wider range of flights will enable international business travelers to get to their meetings on time. This will have a positive impact on Tampa’s economy and our business ties throughout the Americas,” he added.

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Fort Lauderdale Keeps Growing

Copa currently operates an average of 350 daily flights through the Hub of the Americas, which was founded in 1992 and it’s located at PTY.

The Star Alliance member will also increase from four to five weekly flights between PTY and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) from July 22.

Five flights a week, available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, will depart PTY at 11:39 am, to land in FLL at 3:48 pm (local time). The return flight leaves FLL at 5:51 pm, and arrives in PTY at 8:01 pm (local time).

“Congratulations to Copa Airlines for their continued success at Broward County´s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, helping to make FLL one of the fastest growing airports in the United States,” said Mark Gale, CEO/Director of Aviation Broward County’s FLL.

“This expanded service to Panama City, Copa will offer travelers the opportunity to experience all the unique amenities Broward County has to offer, from unique dining choices, amazing water sports activities to fine arts,” added Gale.

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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.