DENVER (CBS4)– A new airline is coming to Denver International Airport, offering nonstop service to Panama City.

Copa Airlines will make the trip between DIA and Panama four times a week starting on Dec. 11 of this year.

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock says Copa’s new service will strengthen Denver’s role as a global destination.

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“It will provide avenues for tourism, education and cultural exchanges that will enrich both of our regions for we believe decades to come,” said Hancock.

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The flights are expected to bring in $26 million in annual revenue and will create 244 new jobs.

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The service also connects to more than 55 destinations in Central America.

DIA will be Copa’s 13th destination in the U.S.