NEW ORLEANS – Greater New Orleans, Inc. and Copa Airlines have celebrated a two-year anniversary at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, where Copa operates nonstop service four times a week between New Orleans, La., and Panama City, Republic of Panama. In the coming days, GNO, Inc. will make an additional announcement regarding an anniversary promotion.

“Since the launch of direct service to Panama two years ago, GNO, Inc. has worked closely with Copa Airlines to ensure the flight’s success,” said Michael Hecht,President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “This direct service has reconnected Greater New Orleans with its historical ties to Central ,South America and the Caribbean – and has catalyzed a broad range of growth opportunities for the businesses, ports, universities and hospitals of our region. GNO, Inc. looks forward to continuing to celebrate this milestone with an exciting promotion to be unveiled later this week.”

From Tocumen Airport in Panama – the “Hub of the Americas” – Copa Airlines offers flights to more international destinations than any other airline from any other hub in Latin America. The New Orleans – Panama flight is timed for convenient connections to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, Honduras; San José, Costa Rica; Cuba, nine destinations in Colombia, including Bogota, Medellin,and Cartagena; nine destinations in Brazil, including Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro,; Santiago, Chile; Lima, Peru; Ecuador, among other destinations in Latin America. In-transit passengers making connections do not have to go through immigration and customs in Panama and baggage is checked to the final destination. The best part about flying Copa besides its world-class service is that it offers two complimentary 50lb luggage bags plus a carry-on and Free drinks and meal on every flight.