Copa Airlines to restart service to Panama City from Tampa

Looking out the window of a Copa Airlines plane

Copa Airlines will officially resume its service to Panama City from Tampa International Airport on January 8, 2021. These flights will operate twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays. 

The last TPA flight to the Panamanian capital departed on March 22, just before pandemic-related restrictions halted international travel, according to a report on TPA’s website.

Copa Airlines recognizes success in the Tampa Market

Copa Airlines first launched service to Panama from TPA in December 2013 and its success in the Tampa market led the airline to expand to daily service by 2018. Since then, thousands of passengers have flown the route as a connector for major cities in Latin America, including destinations such as Guayaquil and Quito in Ecuador, Bogota and Medellin in Colombia, Costa Rica, Lima, Peru and others. 

“We are very excited to resume our nonstop flight from the Tampa Bay area to Panama and offer passengers the most convenient and easy connectivity with countries in Latin America again,” said Fernando Fondevila, Copa’s North America Commercial Regional Manager said to Tampa International Airport. “We encourage our customers to visit Copa’s website and check the latest updates and available destinations or call your preferred travel agency.” 

This flight marks the third scheduled international route to resume at TPA since late March, following those of Nassau, Bahamas and Cancun, Mexico. Charter service to Havana, Cuba aboard World Atlantic Airlines also resumed in November.

Travel regulations in place for Panama

“We are grateful to see Copa Airlines return to Tampa International Airport and restore this important connection to Central and South America,” said Chris Minner, TPA’s Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Copa is a tremendous partner for Tampa Bay and their commitment to bringing back international service shows their confidence in the resilience of our region.”

Panama currently has some travel regulations in place, including the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. Passengers should consult with the Panama Ministry of Health before booking a trip.

You can reserve tickets on Copa’s website.

Back in October TPA announced 40 new and resuming routes would launch. These routes include New York, Cancun and Richmond via JetBlue, and Austin, Philly, Hartford, Miami and Phoenix via Southwest Airlines. 

Silvery Airways also announced it will offer service to Jacksonville, FL – twice weekly beginning Dec. 21. 

This is in addition to the recently announced nonstop service to Charleston, SC aboard Silver Airways.

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New routes to Boston, New York will launch in the fall from TPA

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TPA adds direct routes to Los Angeles and San Francisco

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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