Copa Airlines is the Latest International Carrier to Add Service to Raleigh-Durham

by Anthony Losanno
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Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) continues to rapidly grow. Copa Airlines is the latest carrier to announce service there. In 2023, the airport added five new carriers, 30 new nonstop destinations, and more than 50 new flights.


Copa Airlines will become the 18th carrier to fly to Raleigh and this will be Copa’s 17th US destination. Copa Airlines currently flies to:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • New York John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

The new flights from Panama’s Tocumen International Airport (PTY) begin on June 21st and will run 4x weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays with a Boeing 737-800. This aircraft offers 16 Business Class, 12 Premium Class, and 132 or 126 Economy Class seats.

Michael Landguth, President and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, said:

We are proud to welcome Copa Airlines to RDU as we help connect the diverse Triangle region with popular destinations around the world. This new gateway will provide Triangle travelers easy access to Central and South America and the Caribbean through Copa Airlines’ vast international network.”

Anthony’s Take: Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is one of my favorite airports. It’s so easy and convenient. I’m happy to see it growing and adding new nonstop destinations.

(Featured Image Credit: Copa Airlines.)

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Sam February 5, 2024 - 2:52 pm

As someone who lives in Durham, I echo your enthusiasm for my hometown airport. However, it’s getting so crowded at peak times! It would be nice to see some airlines shift to Terminal 1 to balance things out a bit as that terminal is currently underutilized.

Phil February 5, 2024 - 5:02 pm

No mention of the destination(s)? I assume it’s Panama City (PTY)?

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Anthony Losanno February 5, 2024 - 8:36 pm

It’s PTY. Fixed. Thanks!

RD February 5, 2024 - 11:26 pm

OK now time for Iberia and Aer Lingus, or AA to fly RDU-MAD & RDU-DUB.


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