Copa Airlines to Begin Flights to Trinidad & Tobago; Association of Caribbean...

Copa Airlines to Begin Flights to Trinidad & Tobago; Association of Caribbean States Interested in Increasing Regional Airline Travel



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Panama City, Panama–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–August 12, 2005–Representatives of the governments of Panama and Trinidad & Tobago signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the recent IV Summit of Heads of State and the Governing Body of the Association of Caribbean States, to begin negotiations for an Air Transportation Agreement. The Summit took place recently in Panama.

The agreement provides a legal structure for Copa Airlines to begin the steps necessary to operate flights from Panama City, Panama, to Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad & Tobago, set to begin during the second half of 2006. The accord is expected to benefit commercial and tourism exchanges in the region.

“We are very pleased at the results achieved during the IV Summit of the Association of the Caribbean States, which we see as opportunities for our countries’ citizens and commerce,” said Moises Veliz A., Copa Airlines’ Vice President of Governmental Relations. “We also appreciate the valuable support of the Republic of Panama in connecting the Caribbean region with Central and South America.”

Copa Airlines (http://www.copaair.com) is a leading Latin American provider of international airline passenger service. Operating from its strategic location at the Hub of the Americas in the Republic of Panama, Copa currently offers approximately 80 daily scheduled flights to 30 destinations in 20 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. In addition, Copa provides passengers with access to flights to more than 120 other international destinations through codeshare agreements with Continental Airlines and other airlines. Copa and Continental also share a strategic alliance partnership that includes joint participation in Continental’s award-winning frequent flyer program, OnePass(R). 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. For more company information, visit http://www.copaair.com.

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CONTACT:

Copa Airlines

Patricia Roquebert

507-225-7655/7868 (Panama)

or

Mayra Meza Zulayka

210-619-2020 (U.S.)

Copa Airlines to Begin Flights to Trinidad & Tobago; Association of Caribbean States Interested in Increasing Regional Airline Travel