Copa Could Suspend Valencia - Panama Flight
Copa Airlines would suspend services between Panama and Valencia beginning March 1 if the Venezuelan government does not renew its license.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Roberto González Jiménez wrote in Prensa.com: "The Venezuelan Ambassador in Panama, Jorge Luis Durán Centeno, confirmed to La Prensa that the National Institute of Civil Aviation is reviewing the temporary licenses and will decide whether or not to maintain the route. 'It has been noticed that the largest influx of passengers is from Venezuela to Panama. If there were a balance both ways, the route would have a social and touristic justification.'"
The airline will be reducing the number of daily flights between Caracas and Panama from three to two and eliminating the daily frequency from Caracas to Medellin, among other changes.
The airline announced that as of April 7 it will not fly between the cities of San Jose and Caracas.
The tourism industry warns of the damage that could be caused by the lack of nonstop flight connections to cities like New York, Los Angeles, Havana, Guayaquil and Quito.
The struggling airline has stopped operating one of its three flights between Mexico and Guatemala City.
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