Copa Airlines enhances connectivity between Argentina and Colombia

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Copa Airlines enhances connectivity between Argentina and Colombia
Source: Hill+Knowlton Strategies
May 30, 2022

The Panamanian airline has opened three new Colombian destinations in the last year. In December it opened Armenia and Cúcuta, and starting June 28, it will start operating towards Santa Marta


With the aim of continuing to grow and support the tourism industry throughout the continent, Copa Airlines has focused on a strategy that allows connecting more destinations and cultures with better and more efficient connections. Within the framework of this strategy, the airline has opened three new destinations to fly internationally to Colombia. Since December 2021, Copa Airlines has been operating to Armenia and Cúcuta, and as of June 28 of this year, it will add the city of Santa Marta as a new route. With the incorporation of these cities, Copa Airlines strengthens its offer for the continent, offering Argentines the possibility of traveling to these three new destinations through the Hub of the Americas® in Panama, the main connection center in the region.  

Towards Colombia, the airline currently operates to 10 destinations: Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, Barranquilla, San Andrés, Bucaramanga, Cartagena, Pereira, Armenia and Cúcuta, with more than 150 weekly flights to and from Panama to connect travelers with all the regions of this country. 

With Copa Airlines, Argentines can travel to these three beautiful cities with easy, fast and comfortable connections through the Hub of the Americas®, with an average time of 50 minutes without going through immigration or customs and with checked luggage directly to the airport. final destination, with many advantages that highlight the travel experience over other airlines, with higher frequencies and more comfortable schedules to travel from one country to another on the same day. 

Being cataloged by Cirium as the most punctual airline in Latin America for the eighth consecutive year, Copa Airlines is consolidated as the only one in the world to lead the region for so many years, with quality service. 

“The opening of these three new destinations in Colombia in the last year allows us to continue providing Argentines with the best offer of international connectivity to the primary and secondary regions of the continent. For those who want to visit Armenia, we offer three weekly flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Towards Cúcuta, travelers currently have four weekly frequencies, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Finally, as of June 28, we will operate to Santa Marta with three weekly flights on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. With these routes, we want to facilitate tourism between the countries of the region in a fast and efficient way, thus strengthening the airline industry in the Americas as one of the most important axes for the socioeconomic growth of the countries where we operate”, 

Armenia, located in the department of Quindío, is the most important city in the coffee region, a region par excellence where one of the best coffees in the world is produced; In 2011, UNESCO declared the entire Colombian Coffee Cultural Landscape as a World Heritage Site. 'The Miracle City of Colombia', recognized for its natural and cultural wealth as the gateway to the coffee region of Colombia, is a perfect destination for family vacations and for those seeking warm climates. Touring the coffee farms that are on the outskirts of this destination, as well as enjoying its exceptional gastronomy, culture and nature, are some of the many activities that travelers can do during their visit. Since the start of operation of the route in December 2021, its occupancy rate to this city has been more than 70% on average, transporting more than 4,500 passengers. This tourist influx, as a result of the route, has generated around US$3 million in economic benefits for the city in the first quarter of 2022. 

Cúcuta, another of the routes that began operations in December 2021, is located on the border with Venezuela. In this city, travelers will find a space very close to the Colombian fauna and flora, since it has 71 different tree species, which is why it is called 'The Green City of Colombia'. Those who want to enjoy the breeze cannot miss a walk along the Malecón, also known as 'Paseo de los Próceres'. This place, located on the banks of the Pamplonita River on Los Libertadores Avenue, has a wide gastronomic offer, especially to enjoy the sunsets and nightlife of the city. The rice with chicken, the chickpea cake, the mute and the hayacas are among the most exquisite gastronomic dishes of this destination.  

As the only international route to and from Cúcuta, Copa Airlines has established itself as the airline that best connects the continent with the northeastern region of Colombia. Since the beginning of the route's operation, Copa Airlines has increased the number of frequencies to this destination since April 1, starting to operate with a more convenient schedule of three to four weekly flights, in order to provide travelers with greater connectivity with a world-class service. 

As good news, the route to Santa Marta is now available for sale and will begin operating on June 28 of this year, making Copa Airlines the only airline that operates internationally in the city and the one that provides the best connectivity international flight to the Colombian Caribbean, also flying to Barranquilla, Cartagena and San Andrés.  

Listed as 'The Pearl of America' and the oldest city in South America, Santa Marta is located on the Caribbean Sea in northern Colombia. The warmth of its climate, its proximity to the sea, its mountains and green vegetation, make it one of the most desired destinations to travel to this country. As a place to visit is the Tayrona National Natural Park, a nature reserve considered one of the most beautiful in the world with incredible beaches such as Playa Cristal, Playa Cañaveral, Playa Arenilla, Playa Arrecifes and Playa Cabo de San Juan.  

Also, one of the places par excellence to visit in Santa Marta is the Sierra Nevada, the highest coastal mountain in the world, declared a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site in 1979 by UNESCO, since it has diverse ecosystems that house innumerable forms of life and that are home to several indigenous communities.  

With the opening of these routes, Copa Airlines has strengthened its presence and tourist offer in the region, allowing Argentines to enjoy all the attractions that these beautiful cities have. Thanks to its operation in more than 70 destinations on the continent, the airline continues to work to continue being an integral part of the sustainable development strategies of the countries where it operates, not only in economic and environmental terms, but also as a generator of jobs. direct and indirect that contribute to greater social inclusion. 

Argentines interested in traveling to Armenia, Cúcuta and Santa Marta through the Hub of the Americas® in Panama, the main connection center in the region, can make their reservations at copa.com, sales offices and call center. 

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