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New Route of the Day – Americas (12 December 2021): COPA between Panama City and Atlanta

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COPA Airlines on Sunday 12 December added Atlanta in Georgia to its list of destinations in the US served non-stop from its base at Panama City in Panama. The new service will operate 4-weekly (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays) using the Star Alliance member’s 737-800s. The 2,770-kilometre route is already served daily by SkyTeam carrier Delta using 737-900s. In response to COPA’s entry into the market, Delta is planning to add a second flight on Saturdays and Sundays, starting in January. These additional frequencies will be operated using 737-800s.

COPA’s existing routes to the US mainland in December 2021 are:

  • Miami: 41-weekly
  • New York JFK: 31-weekly
  • Orlando: 30-weekly
  • Washington IAD and Los Angeles: both 14-weekly
  • San Francisco: 8-weekly
  • Chicago ORD: 7-weekly
  • Fort Lauderdale: 6-weekly
  • Boston: 5-weekly
  • Denver, Las Vegas and Tampa: all 4-weekly

Back in pre-pandemic December 2019, COPA also served New Orleans 4-weekly. Launched in June 2015, the route was suspended at the start of the pandemic and shows no signs yet of being reinstated.

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Load factor down just one percentage point versus 2019

COPA’s recently released traffic statistics for November 2021 reveal that RPMs (Revenue Passenger Miles) were down 17.3% compared with November 2019, while ASMs (Available Seat Miles) were down 16.3%. As a result, load factor was 84.5% last month, compared with 85.5% two years earlier.

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