There have been several posts on the Yahoo groups recently asking the status of Copa coming to David. This is an update to a previous post in Chiriquí Chatter.
I wrote a friend of mine, Wee-Mingh Fung, who is the President of the Chiriquí Chamber of Tourism and asked him if he had any news related to that subject. His reply follows:
Hello Don, my friend Enzo Polo got together with Mr. Heilbron, Vice-President of COPA and apparently so far COPA is planning to fly directly from Panama City to David. However, Heilbron denied to Enzo that COPA might have plans to fly directly from Miami.
I will look into this matter closely.
FYI, there might be a possibility that a flight might start with a route — Limón-San José-David with “Nature Air” (from what I understand a small airline company that started in Costa Rica). I was invited by the Chamber of Tourism of Limón (and about 4 other Tourism Chambers of Costa Rica) along with the Tourism Chamber of Bocas del Toro and FEDECAMARAS to a meeting that was held in Limón, Costa Rica, with the purpose of joining efforts to make this whole the Costa Rica – Panama region a “sellable multi-destiny” for tourists. The meeting was a success and agenda has been put together to start working towards that common goal. We are having a follow up meeting perhaps next month.
Puerto Limón in Costa Rica will start getting a great influx of tourists as more cruise ships plan to arrive there.
I am also sending this email to a couple of people that I know are interested in seeing this “direct flight” from Florida become a reality (or any other flight from other friendly countries that can bring tourists to Chiriquí.)