US' Chicago Department of Aviation stated Copa Airlines plans to launch daily Panama City-Chicago O'Hare service in Dec-2011 (BusinessWeek/Associated Press, 14-Jun-2011). It will be the first non-stop service between the cities and the airline's first destination in the Midwest. The department expects the Panama flight to bring approximately USD70 million in annual economic activity to the Chicago area.
Copa to launch Panama City-Chicago O'Hare service
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