A new airline took flight from Louis Armstrong International Airport Thursday, offering nonstop service to Panama.
Copa Airlines offers non-stop flights to Panama City, Panama four days a week with direct connections to 55 destinations across Central and South America.
This is the first direct flight from New Orleans to Latin America in more than a decade.
"I think it's fantastic," says passenger Paola Corrada. "You don't have to stop through Miami or go through Houston. For us, for work it's great because we have offices in Panama and we cover the rest of South America, Central America so it's fantastic."