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York Attends RTA’s Airline CEO Forum

Published April 19, 2024 by Salem Barcus

Today, the Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) business coalition hosted an event at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary to welcome Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines.

Copa Airlines will launch international service from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Panama City in June of this year. The airline has the biggest international network among Latin America-based airlines. According to the Condé Nast Traveler 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards, Copa Airlines is noted as being the most punctual airline in the Americas and the only carrier from the Western Hemisphere to feature among the top 15 international airlines in the world. Copa Airlines services 85 destinations in 32 countries in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean, linked via the Hub of the Americas® in Panama City, Panama.

Heilbron spoke to the growth and transformation of the airline and the growing Raleigh/Durham market. His hope for Copa’s new route through Raleigh-Durham is that it will “bring Latin America much closer to the Research Triangle area, strengthening business and cultural ties between our regions. We also hope this new route provides the opportunity for more American tourists to visit Panama and enjoy the wonders our country has to offer.”

Michael Landguth, CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, Ellis Hankins, Chair of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Board, and other leaders from RTA were also in attendance. York is proud to be a sponsor of the RTA and continuing to connect with both the local business community and regional leaders.