Today Panamá based Copa Airlines (NYSE:CPA) announced that beginning December 6 of this year, they will begin flying three weekly frequencies between Cúcuta, a city of 700,000 on Colombia’s border with Venezuela, and Copa’s international hub of Tocumen International Airport in Panamá City.
Flights are initially scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, leaving Panamá at 9:56PM and arriving in Cücuta (CUC) at 11:23pm; and flights leaving Cúcuta at 4:34am and arriving in Panamá at 6:04am aboard a Boeing 737-700 seating 112 in economy and 12 in business class.
Cúcuta becomes Copa’s 9th city in Colombia connected to its Panamá hub.
“We are pleased to operate again to Cúcuta, with flights that will connect this wonderful city with the rest of the continent. The incorporation of this route is part of Copa Airlines’ commitment to being a key player in economic and tourism development in the region,” said Dennis Cary, Copa Airlines senior vice president of commercial and planning.
Cúcuta, in the Norte de Santander Department, is the largest city on Colombia’s border with Venezuela, adjacent to the states of Zuila and Táchira across the Pamplonita river.
“Achieving commercial operation by Copa Airlines, with several weekly frequencies, to the Hub of the Americas in Panama City from Cúcuta, is the result of the management and good results achieved by the concession and its commercial management. This is a commitment to Norte de Santander as a destination that will bring excellent results for its economy in the hotel sector, public and special transport, restaurants, among others. Undoubtedly, the optimization of the infrastructure of the Camilo Daza international airport (CUC) links the airlines in a better way to their operation in terms of service levels,” added Carolina Rodríguez Saldarriaga, commercial director of Aeropuertos de Oriente S.A.S. the operator of Cúcuta’s airport.