Copa launches the low-cost airline Wingo

Copa Holdings, owner of Copa Airlines has launched a low-cost airline called Wingo. The new airline, launched October 20th, 2016 will begin offering flights starting December 1st. The company has also launched the new Wingo website where tickets are available for five domestic routes and twelve international. 

Unlike Copa Airlines, which has its base of operations at Tocumen International Airport, Wingo will use the airport in Panama Pacific, in the former Howard military base. The airline will start with a fleet of 4 Boeing -737 to 700 aircrafts, each with a capacity for 142 people.

Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Holdings, explained that the launch of Wingo will allow the company to take advantage of opportunities in the low-cost segment. The company will enter into competition with the Viva-Colombia and Colombian Air Panama, offering daily flights to San Jose, Bogota, and Medellin.