HAVANA, Aug 2th Copa Airlines airline said this Saturday that it will make a reduced number of flights starting this August, after the Government of Panama authorized the limited opening of Tocumen International Airport, the main of the country, which has restricted international flights by COVID-19.
The Government authorized on Friday the establishment of a Controlled Operations Center for the interconnection of International Commercial Aviation, which will allow limited air operations for transit through Tocumen Airport for the departure of passengers and the controlled entry of Panamanians or residents in Panama.
Under this measure, Copa Airlines is initially scheduled to operate flights on August 14 and 15, 21 and 22 and 28 and 29, to Miami and New York in the US; Mexico; San Jose Costa Rica; Havana; Santo Domingo Dominican Republic; Quito and Guayaquil, in Ecuador; Sao Paulo, Brazil: and Santiago de Chile.
These operations, according to the airline, « are equivalent to less than 2% of the total weekly flights that Copa operated prior to the crisis caused by COVID-19.
»Copa indicated that in the humanitarian flights that it has operated since the beginning of the pandemic and those that will operate through the Controlled Operations Center, « it has implemented and will continue to reinforce all the disinfection, hygiene and biosecurity measures recommended by the health authorities and International organizations ».
People who require travel on these flights may enter Copa.com or contact the Copa Airlines Call Center, while passengers with valid tickets can manage date changes without being charged a penalty for changes.
Passengers must comply with the requirements established by the airline and the health and immigration authorities of Panama and the destination country.
The Panamanian airline stressed that « in this way it continues its preparation for a safe restart, with a reduced operation now scheduled for September 4, 2020, if a new extension to the restriction of international flights by the authorities of Panama is not decreed » .
Since it was imposed on March 22, Panama has extended the suspension of international flights four times due to the pandemic and will maintain it until at least August 21.
Copa Airlines appreciated the willingness of the authorities of Panama and other countries in the region, with which it said it works to obtain the required permits that allow these operations to be carried out.