Finally after almost ten years in the dark, Iquitos receives its first direct international flights from Panama City Panama. Hoping to boost tourism access to the Peruvian Amazon in light of being nominated a natural world wonder , the airline offers two flights a week.
As quoted from copas web page:
Starting July 14 2012 Copa’s new nonstop service between Panama and Iquitos will be offered twice a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The flight will depart Panama at 11:36 a.m.; the return service will depart Iquitos at 2:59 p.m. The new route is expected to serve about 5,000 international passengers – both business and tourist – the first year of operation.
Copa’s new service will boost Iquito’s economy by providing foreign tourists with access to the destination without a stop-over in Lima. Currently Iquitos is accessible only via air service from Lima on other carriers, or via river transportation from several domestic and international destinations.
“We are pleased that the Peruvian authorities have given us the green light to start our fifth nonstop flight between Lima and Panama on July 1,” Aguero added. “We expect to increase passenger capacity by at least 20 percent over 2011 since we have seen consistent demand in response to increased market capacity.”.
The new nonstop daily service to Lima will depart Panama at 3:36 p.m.; the return flight will depart Lima at 5:01 a.m.