DATE: March 26, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe
Public Information Manager, Broward County Commission
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Broward County Commissioner Lois Wexler was among those who welcomed Copa Airlines to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport this afternoon. She was joined by Copa’s Senior VP, Commercial and Planning Joseph Mohan, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau Vice President Carlos Molinet and Broward Aviation Director Kent George.
"Broward County is committed to building a world class airport that will serve our residents and visitors. We welcome you and are pleased to have you joining us," said Commissioner Wexler.
Copa Airlines will begin nonstop service four times a week between Fort Lauderdale and Panama on July 11, 2014, as part of plans for rapid network expansion this year.
"Copa’s new Fort Lauderdale flight will do more than just connect the region to Panama; it opens new doors to Latin America for business and tourism growth in both directions," said Copa’s Mohan. "From our Hub of the Americas in Panama, passengers will be able to make convenient connections to and from more than 55 destinations throughout Latin America."
"The sky truly is the limit for International tourism growth in Broward County," said Carlos M. Molinet, Sr. Vice President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The flight is expected to have an annual economic impact on the area’s tourism industry of approximately $12.12 million, as well as increase business opportunities with Latin America.
"We are delighted Copa Airlines has chosen Greater Fort Lauderdale to provide service through their gateway in Panama to Central and South America and are committed to supporting the airline’s continued growth and expansion plans," said Kent G. George, Director of Aviation, Broward County Aviation Department.
As a leading Latin American airline, Copa Airlines has been working closely with Broward County tourism and airport authorities to promote the upcoming flight, which will provide easy access for passengers from Latin America to the area’s beaches, spa resorts, arts and entertainment districts, dining, nightlife and shopping experiences.
(Caption from left to right: Broward Aviation Director Kent George, Copa Airlines Senior Vice President, Commercial and Planning Joseph Mohan, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau Vice President Carlos Molinet and Broward Aviation Director Kent George.)