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July 11, 2014

Copa Airlines kicks off service between Fort Lauderdale and Panama

Copa Airlines launched new service between Fort Lauderdale and Panama City, Panama on Friday.

Copa Airlines launched new service between Fort Lauderdale and Panama City, Panama on Friday.

The Panama-based airline will offer four nonstop flights a week between the two cities.

Joe Mohan, Copa’s senior vice president of commercial and planning, said the airline originally didn’t see a need to add service in Broward because it already flies five times a day to Miami.

But after the airport, business community and tourism bureau in Broward made a pitch that the markets were totally different, Mohan said the airline realized there was growth opportunity.

“What we believed is we could stimulate a whole different market that wasn’t being serviced from our Miami flights,” he said.

The flights, on a 124-seat Boeing 737-700, will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Broward already had service to Panama three times a week on Spirit Airlines.

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