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The Current State of the Aviation Industry in Central and South America

Aviation in Latin America has been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The three main airlines in the region: LATAM, Avianca and Aeroméxico, have declared bankruptcy and filed for the Chapter 11 process in the U.S. Latin American governments have not given enough help to the aviation industry. In this sense, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has made a summary of the progress of the sector until this month, compared to the 2019 statistics. “The countries of Latin America…

Copa Progressively Increasing International Operations

Copa Airlines announced its first increase in international operations since November. The carrier plans to connect Panama City, Panama with 35 destinations all over America. The destinations span over a dozen countries from South America, North America and Central America. As the world economy continues to reopen, ALNNEWS highlighted the…

Panama Begins International Operations, Copa Resumes Flights

According to ALNNEWS, after five months of restrictions to control the advance of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Controlled Operations Center for the Interconnection of International Aviation began operating on Aug. 14, at the Panamanian Tocumen International Airport. The Panamanian government put into force on July 31 a decree that allows…

Copa Airlines Pushes Back Restart for Fourth Time

The Panamanian carrier Copa Airlines was repeatedly forced to modify the restart date of regular operations. According to ALNNEWS, the Civil Aeronautical Authority (CAA), extended for the fourth time the suspension that weighs since March 22 on commercial aviation in Panama. Due to the suspension of flying until August 22,…

Copa Airlines Announces Restart of Operations

Article by AirlineGeeks' Juan Pedro Sánchez Zamudio After the Civil Aviation Authority of Panama declared a new 30-day extension in the suspension of all international flights, Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron announced this week that the airline will restart its operations on July 3, with 12% of its fleet capacity.…

The Power of an Airport: The Copa Airlines Case

Panama is a small country in Central America with a population of around 4 million people and an area smaller than South Carolina. Despite its geography, however, Panama is a notable hub for aviation.  The country not only has the busiest airport in Central America with more than 16 million…

Copa Overhauled: Panama’s Flag Carrier Shows Off New Aircraft and…

With the Boeing 737 MAX program nearing 200 deliveries across all aircraft types, it was only a matter of time before another carrier took hold of its first aircraft and the latest to show off its newest aircraft is Panama’s Copa Airlines. The airline held a gathering in its main…

Air China Begins Fifth Freedom Route Between Houston and Panama…

China and Panama City are now connected through Air China via Houston. Air China opened up its first fifth freedom route from the United States to Panama, an addition to its five-times-weekly flight from Beijing to Houston. Despite flying to Houston throughout the week, the flight to Panama will only…

Venezuela Bans Copa Airlines, Causing Major Disruption

Venezuela is temporarily cutting economic ties with Panamanian Copa Airlines, as it suspended its operations in the country for 90 days. The announcement is a clear retaliation after Panama declared Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and about 50 other Venezuelan nationals as "high-risk profiles" for the crimes of financing terrorism and…