Copa Airlines to launch services to Austin, Texas

A Copa Airlines Boeing 737 in flight over water.
Photo Credit: Copa Airlines

LONDON – Panamanian flag carrier Copa Airlines will launch a new service to and from Austin, Texas starting on July 6, 2023.

This new service will be Copa Airline’s first-time connecting the state capital of Texas with the rest of the continent through the Hub of the Americas in Panama City.   

The carrier has proposed a four times weekly non-stop service to Austin Texas, which will officially become the 15th North American route served by Copa.

“We continue strengthening our network of destinations in the U.S. and incorporating this new route represents a window of opportunities to increase commerce, tourism, and cultural and educational exchanges between the state capital of Texas, Panama and our entire region.”

“We’re pleased to offer greater connectivity to our passengers and contribute to the growth of tourism and commerce in Panama and the countries we serve,” said Christophe Didier, Vice President, Global Sales and Distribution at Copa Airlines.

In 2019, the cosmopolitan and sophisticated city of Austin was recognized by WalletHub as the second “Best destination for summer travel.”

In the past few decades, Austin has become renowned for its live music entertainment where musicians perform all around the city in clubs, bars, taco stands and concert halls.

In addition to music, Austin is home to the University of Texas, historic cities, vineyards, falls, and caves.

 It also offers a diverse culinary scene with a variety of unique restaurants and interesting attractions such as garden sculptures, historic mansions, and science, technology, engineering, and math museums. 

A boon for tourism

“This exciting announcement has been years in the making,” said Jacqueline Yaft, AUS CEO. “We are thrilled to welcome Copa Airlines to Austin, Texas and cannot wait for Austinites and Central Texas to discover the gem of Panama City, Panama, a destination rich in culture, history and community.”

“AUS is proud to bring more convenient options for connecting Central Texas to Central and South America. This route will provide economic and tourism benefits for generations to come.”

“Today’s announcement of the Copa route launch from Panama City to Austin marks the first nonstop flight from Central America to AUS,” said Tom Noonan, President and CEO of Visit Austin.

“This is a testament to how Austin continues to grow as a premier destination, and we are thrilled that Copa has invested into Austin.”

Aerial photo of Pennybacker Bridge and Austin, Texas.
Pennybacker Bridge, Austin. Photo Credit: Copa Airlines

North American expansion 

The launch of Copa Airlines’ new Austin route in the U.S. adds to the airline’s continuous expansion efforts in North America.

Last month the Latin American airline announced the addition of Baltimore services to its catalogue of North American routes in mid-2023. The inauguration of the new Austin route will become the 15th destination for the carrier.

About Copa Airlines

Copa Airlines, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, is a leading passenger and cargo airline in Latin America. In its 75 years of operation, it has established the Hub of the Americas® in Panama City as the continent’s leading hub.

It operates a modern fleet of all-Boeing aircraft including the 737-800 NG and 737 MAX9.

It’s operations currently span countries across North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean, and the airline boasts an on-time performance of above 90% – among the best in the industry worldwide. 

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