Copa Airlines will become Felipe Ángeles’ second international airline.
Panamanian airline Copa Airlines has announced that it will operate direct flights between Panama City Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and Mexico City Felipe Ángeles International Airport (NLU). Starting September 26, it will be the second international carrier to operate in the new Mexico hub. Let’s investigate further.
The new course
Copa Airlines already flies to Mexico City (five flights a day), Cancún (eight flights a day; the most flights a day on an international route to Cancún), Guadalajara (five flights a week) and Monterrey (three flights a week). Now the airline is looking to add a new service, flying from Tocumen to Felipe Ángeles International Airport, which opened in March.
On Friday, the Panamanian carrier announced plans to launch three flights a week from Panama City to Mexico’s newest airport. The flights will take place on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines, said:
“The Mexican market has been very important for Copa Airlines, and we are happy to be able to offer alternatives that allow us to continue to strengthen our service to its capital. In this way, we remain true to our goal of increasing connectivity in the countries where we operate and contributing to the growth of tourism, investment and economic and social development in our region.
Currently, the only international route operating to and from Felipe Ángeles International Airport is served by Conviasa in Venezuela. Once every two Mondays, this airline flies from Caracas International Airport (CCS). Viva Aerobus will launch NLU’s second international route in a few weeks, with daily flights to Havana, Cuba.
Most recent route
Copa Airlines is currently the only airline with direct connectivity between Panama City and Mexico City. Before the pandemic, Aeromexico also served this route but took advantage of the crisis to cancel it permanently.
The Panamanian airline is set to further strengthen its presence in Mexico City with this new service to Felipe Ángeles. Overall, the Panamanian carrier will have 38 weekly flights to this city.
Additionally, unlike flights to Caracas and Havana, this route to Panama City will increase the overall connectivity of Felipe Ángeles Airport.
Copa Airlines employs Tocumen, also known as the “Hub of the Americas”, as a connectivity hub. The airline operates approximately 1,000 weekly flights from Tocumen to 72 destinations across the Americas.
More international connectivity coming to NLU?
Despite future increases in commercial services to Felipe Ángeles International Airport, Mexico’s new hub still lacks international connections.
Nevertheless, there have been signs that this may soon change. Mexico’s Tourism Secretary recently met with Moroccan authorities to see if a Royal Air Maroc flight between Casablanca and Felipe Ángeles might be possible.
No other details have been announced, but if Royal Air Maroc launches this route, it would be the first direct flight from Mexico to Africa.
Additionally, the Mexican Tourism Authority recently met with India’s Ambassador to Mexico to discuss the possibility of a flight between the two countries. No other details were given, and the possibility of having a flight between India and Mexico remains far-fetched. (https://simpleflying.com/copa-airlines-flights-mexico-city/)