Copa Airlines, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, SA, and member of the global Star Alliance network, on Thursday announced plans to begin service to Paramaribo, Suriname twice weekly commencing on July 6.This new route will make Suriname the 81st city to which the airline connects with the rest of its network of destinations through the Hub of the Americas located at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City.“We are pleased to announce this direct flight to Paramaribo, a city that will benefit from the connectivity offered by our extensive network of destinations, providing access to the 32 other countries Copa serves. We are confident that this new route, which will commence on July 6 of this year, will promote greater opportunities for commercial and tourist activity in this unique and attractive country,” Copa Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pedro Heilbron related.Once operations between Panama City and Paramaribo begin, Suriname will be quickly and efficiently connected to 32 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean through the Hub of the Americas, providing passengers with shorter connection times, the service of sending checked baggage to their final destinations and the possibility of completing their flights without the need for customs or immigration procedures.“We are very proud to state that the efforts of our team, the team of Copa and the routes development experts, have finally resulted in Copa Airlines to add PBM [Paramaribo] to their route network. This new route brings Suriname closer to the rest of the Americas, which contributes to our strategic vision to reach one million passengers in 2033. We invite all the people from the Americas to visit our beautiful country with its untouched nature, where you can taste a great variation of cultures. We wish Copa Airlines many safe flights and hope to grow as partners,” CEO of Airport Management, operator of the Johan Adolf PengelAn aerial view of part of SurinameInternational Airport, Vijay Chotkan said.Flight CM318 will initially operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing at 09:17h from Panama (local time) and arriving at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport at 15:45h (local time). The Boeing 737-700 airplane has capacity for 12 passengers in business class and 112 in the main cabin.The return flight, CM319, will depart on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Paramaribo at 17:52h (local time), arriving in Panama at 20:28h (local time).Copa Airlines currently operates an average of 350 daily flights through the Hub of the Americas connecting 81 cities in 33 countries of the continent.