Copa Airlines Announces Increase in Flight Frequencies to Buenos Aires and Sao...

Copa Airlines Announces Increase in Flight Frequencies to Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo



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Panama City, Panama–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–September 10, 2004—Copa Airlines has announced it will increase the number of flights the airline operates to the cities of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, effective January 2005. Currently the airline operates daily flights to each city.

The new Copa Airlines flight to Buenos Aires will operate on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays beginning Jan. 4, 2005. The flight will depart Panama at 7:35 p.m., arriving in Buenos Aires at 4:40 a.m. the following day. The return flight will depart Buenos Aires at 4:10 a.m., arriving in Panama at 9:30 a.m. By June 2005, Copa plans to increase this schedule to daily, for a total of two daily flights between Panama and Buenos Aires.

Copa Airlines will add four flights per week between Panama and Sao Paulo on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, effective Jan. 2, 2005, to supplement the daily flight schedule it now operates. The new flight will depart Panama at 7:23 p.m., arriving in Sao Paulo at 4:23 a.m. the following day. The return flight will leave Sao Paulo at 4:35 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Panama at 9:35 a.m. The airline plans to increase this frequency to daily flights in June 2005, for a total of two daily flights between Panama and Sao Paulo.

“The increase in frequencies to the cities of Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo reinforces Copa Airlines’ policy of offering the best travel options to our customers by allowing them a choice of convenient flight schedules and access to our quick connections,” said Jorge Garcia Icaza, Commercial Vice President, Copa Airlines. “This is one way Copa contributes to the business growth and tourism development of Latin America.”

Copa Airlines (http://www.copaair.com) began service in 1947. Today the airline flies to 31 destinations in 20 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean from its Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama, one of the most efficient and successful hubs in Latin America. In addition, Copa offers flights to 120 other international destinations through codeshare agreements with Continental and Mexicana. Copa has one of the best on-time performance records in the aviation industry, with an on-time performance above 94 percent for the first six months of 2004.

Copa Airlines offers nonstop service to Panama City from four U.S. cities: daily from New York city, twice daily from Miami, daily from Los Angeles, and four times a week from Orlando.

Copa Airlines and Continental Airlines share a strategic alliance partnership that includes joint participation in Continental’s award-winning frequent flyer program, OnePass(R). Members of the program may earn miles on either Copa or Continental flights, as well as enjoy the opportunity to redeem miles for tickets, upgrades, and merchandise.

In April, Copa was named Best Airline in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean by SkyTrax, an English market-survey company that conducts the World Airline Survey, the largest airline passenger survey in existence. In June, Copa was named one of the 25 Best Employers in Latin America in a survey conducted by Hewitt Associates for America Economia Magazine. For more company information, visit http://www.copaair.com.

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CONTACT:

Copa Airlines

Patricia Roquebert, 507-225-7655 (Panama)

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Mayra Meza Zulayka, 210-619-2020

Copa Airlines Announces Increase in Flight Frequencies to Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo