PANAMA CITY – Copa Holdings has announced that as of today, the Colombian airline Aero Republica will operate as Copa Airlines Colombia.
“The new Copa Airlines Colombia brand is the result of the evolution of Aero Republica, which has met exacting international standards. This achievement benefits both Colombian and Latin American travelers,” said Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Holdings. “We have been working on this project since the Copa Airlines-Aero Republica alliance began in 2005. The new brand not only strengthens our presence in Colombia; it makes us an integral part of the tourism and economic growth of the country.”
The newly branded airline incorporates the destinations, route networks and services that Aero Republica y Copa Airlines offer, including access to the Hub of the Americas in Panama for connections to more than 45 destinations in the world via more than 150 daily flights throughout North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Copa Airlines Colombia will fly to all Aero Republica’s domestic and international destinations. In addition, travelers can continue to participate in the world-class OnePass frequent-flyer program shared with Copa Airlines and Continental Airlines, which lets passengers earn miles that never expire, and redeem miles for travel to more than 900 destinations throughout the world.
“We are proud to announce the birth of Copa Airlines Colombia,” said Roberto Junguito Pombo, the new president of Copa Airlines Colombia. “Our new brand will drive the airline’s growth and profitability, boost its image on an international level and align it more closely with Copa Airlines.”
The change in brand is occurring at a time when Aero Republica is performing very well. In the last few years, the airline has experienced continuous increases in number of passengers and load factor, as well as the addition of seven international destinations. The airline is first in on-time performance and customer service in Colombia.
Aero Republica is the only airline in Colombia with a 100 percent renovated fleet; its aircraft feature state-of-the-art technology. The airline has attained IOSA international certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in recognition of its high level of operational safety.