Airline to Begin Daily Service From Panama to Montego Bay in July


MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA – May 24, 2018 – Starting July 17, 2018, Copa Airlines will commence daily service to Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay from Panama, the airline’s Hub of the Americas.  Currently, the airline operates four weekly flights on Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama (PTY) to MBJ.

Jamaica’s Director of Tourism welcomes the increased service which fits in with the overall strategy to target more visitors from the Latin American market. “Our partnership with Copa Airlines continues to strengthen year after year and we are very excited to have daily flights available between Montego Bay and Panama City,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “The new service will open up other options for travelers coming from Latin America and further helps us accomplish our goal of increasing airlift as well as visitor arrivals out of that market.”

The new daily flights will depart Panama at 9:26 a.m. arriving in Montego Bay at 11:24 a.m. Return flights will depart Montego Bay at 12:19 p.m. and arrive at Panama at 2:22 p.m.  This service marks Copa’s 7th year flying this route as it was first inaugurated in August 2011 with twice-weekly service.

"We are constantly looking for the opportunity to offer greater flight options to our passengers, and therefore we evaluate each route, seeing the possibility of increasing its frequency. We have seen the potential with Montego Bay as demand has increased in the past year," said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines. “Without a doubt, this will boost economic activity and strengthen commercial and business relations between these two countries and the rest of the continent, thanks to the connectivity we offer from the Hub of the Americas.”

Copa Airlines also offers regular service from Panama City into Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The Kingston service departs PTY at 11:52 a.m. and arrives at KIN at 1:49 p.m. The return flight departs KIN at 3:15 p.m. and arrives at PTY at 5:17 p.m.

Copa Airlines serves 78 cities in 32 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. For more information on Copa, or to book a flight, visit To book your vacation to Jamaica, go to


About Jamaica Tourist Board 

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica #1 Best Destination in the Caribbean and #14 Best Destination in the World in 2018.  The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2016. In 2016, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the Caribbean’s Leading Destination and the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the tenth consecutive year. Additionally, Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port; Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport; Club Mobay was named the Caribbean’s Leading Airport Lounge; Dolphin Cove was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction; the Montego Bay Convention Center was named the Caribbean’s Leading Meeting & Conventions Center; and GO! Jamaica Travel was named the Caribbean’s Leading Tour Operator.  

JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Mumbai.  

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About Copa Holdings

Copa Holdings is a leading Latin American provider of passenger and cargo services.  The Company, through its operating subsidiaries, provides service to 78 destinations in 32 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean with one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the industry, consisting of 101 aircraft: 82 Boeing 737NG aircraft and 19 EMBRAER-190s. For more information visit


Lucretia Green
Public Relations Officer/Writer
Jamaica Tourist Board