Copa Airlines Offers New Air Route to Liberia, Costa Rica
The new route will operate on Thursdays and Sundays, starting in Panama at 9:52 am and arriving in LIR at 10:23 am. Those flights will then take off from (Liberia Airport) LIR at 11:25 am and arrive in Panama at 1:58 pm. The same schedule will be offered on both days, thereby giving tourists, shoppers and visa runners’ ample time to enjoy Panama.
The route will be flown on Embraer 190 aircraft, with a capacity for 84 passengers in coach class and 10 in business (first) class. This flight is one of four new flights that Copa Airlines will offer between Costa Rica and Latin American destinations, and it is part of the initiative to join the Star Alliance in June 2012.
Liberia Airport, the second largest airport in Costa Rica, primarily has domestic flights and international flights from North America. There are a limited number of flights to Europe and there is currently only one international route to any destination in Latin America or the Caribbean: a four times per week ATR 42 turboprop flight to San Salvador that was launched by TACA in late 2010.
Liberia is located in Guanacaste province, an increasingly popular eco-tourism and beach holiday destination on the Pacific coast that has been seeking to attract more international services. Liberia Airport, which is operated by a consortium that includes Houston Airport System, opened a new terminal earlier this month that is designed to handle a significant increase in international passenger throughput.
Copa will help Liberia Airport open up a new market with huge potential as most tourists in northwestern Costa Rica have traditionally come from the US or Canada. Copa will significantly improve transit times for passengers seeking to travel to Liberia from throughout South America and the Caribbean because Copa’s Panama City hub serves a significantly higher number of destinations than TACA’s hubs in San Salvador and San Jose. Copa will only initially serve Liberia Airport with two weekly E190 flights on Thursdays and Sundays, but this should be sufficient given Liberia’s leisure focus.
About Copa Holdings
Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia, subsidiaries of Copa Holdings, are leading Latin American providers of passengers and cargo services The airlines provide service to 59 destinations in 28 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, operating one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the industry, consisting of 73 aircraft: 47 Boeing 737NG aircraft and 26 Embraer-190s.. To make reservations, check seat assignment, access OnePass frequent-flyer accounts, create a trip log, print boarding passes or pay for tickets via secure transactions in 11 currencies, visit copaair.com. Copa recently launched its mobile website, m.copaair.com, becoming the first airline in Latin America to offer travelers the ability to use electronic boarding passes. Copa Airlines will join Star Alliance in April 2012.