Copa Airlines adding more U.S. destinations

As part of the expansion Copa Airlines has planned for 2014, it will be building up its fleet, increasing flight frequencies, and opening two new destinations in the United States, so as to continue positioning itself as a leader in the region.

Copa CEO Pedro Heilbron announced during the Competitiveness Forum of the Americas held in Panama that the new destinations slated for the airline are Boston and Tampa in the United States. He noted that the countries in the region should up their investment in airport infrastructure. In his presentation he cited that one in every three planes in Latin America takes off from what are considered very congested airports.

Heilbron added that Panama has not suffered from the same problems of infrastructure and congestion as other airports, and "thanks to that Copa has been able to grow and place Panama at the forefront of the aeronautic movement," which in his view has positively impacted the country's economic and tourism development and the arrival of multinational companies.