As of December, Copa Airlines will directly connect the cities of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit with Panama City, as the airline begins offering two flights a week from the International Airport of Panama to the Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport.
With the addition of this new destination, Copa Airlines will be expanding their route network to 79 destinations in 32 countries in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean, through the Hub of the Americas in Panama City, five of which are in Mexico.
Mauro Arredondo, general manager of Mexico Copa Airlines, said that for Copa, Mexico is a very important market to continue developing and providing world-class service, connectivity and punctuality.
He says with the Panama-Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit routes, it will strengthened the development of the tourism sector as well as the commercial and investment opportunities in the region of southeastern Mexico.
“With this new route, the Hub of the Americas at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama continues to consolidate as the most efficient and best connected air hub in the Americas,” said Arredondo.
Javier Aranda, general director of Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust said that the new route comes after several years of promotional work in Central and South America by Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.
“We are very pleased to announce this new direct flight from Panama to the Puerto Vallarta Airport with a renowned commercial partner such as Copa Airlines.
“This air operation will allow travelers from the south and the Andean Region and other countries that are becoming important for the tourist activity of our country, to learn the marvels of Mexico,” said Aranda.
Copa Airlines will start with two weekly flights on Thursday and Sunday, departing from Panama City at 9:05 a.m. and arriving at the Vallarta-Nayarit Airport at 1:25 p.m.
The return flight will depart the same days from Puerto Vallarta to 3:40 p.m., arriving in Panama City at 8:00 p.m. The route will be operated with a Boeing 737-700 with capacity for 12 passengers in business class and 112 in the main cabin.
Marc Murphy, general director of the Tourism Authority of Riviera Nayarit commented “I am pleased to note that after five years of hard work through multiple advertising and promotion campaigns in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru, as well as various negotiations with Copa Airlines, the new route Panama-Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit is now a reality.
“With this new flight multiple connections will be avoided, reducing times, distances and costs for Latin American tourists, while ensuring greater interest of the South American wholesale agencies in the destination.”
Copa Airlines offers five daily flights between Panama and Mexico City, seven daily flights to Cancun,one daily flight to Guadalajara and four weekly flights to Monterrey.