Today, Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia are leading Latin American providers of passenger and cargo services to countries in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean. Its Hub of the Americas is strategically located at Tocumen International Airport in Panama, and it offers more destinations and frequencies than any other hub in Latin America, leading the way as the most connected airport in the region. Prestigious organizations have recognized Copa Airlines for its sustained operational excellence. In 2015, Copa was awarded the prize of “Leading Airline for Mexico and Central America" by the World Travel Awards. Copa continuously boasts an on-time performance of around 90 percent, among the best in the world, and has been named the "most punctual airline in Latin America" by FlightStats three years in a row and the “second most punctual airline in the world” by OAG. For more information, visit www.copa.com.
Pedro Heilbron is CEO of Copa Holdings and of Copa Airlines since 1988, which offers service to North, Central and South America and the Caribbean from its “Hub of the Americas” at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama.
Heilbron graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and earned an M.B.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
LATIN TRADE presented Heilbron with the “CEO of the Year” Bravo Business Award in 2006. In 2009, Heilbron accepted the Airline Business Lifetime Achievement Award from the internationally renowned magazine, Airline Business. He received the Tony Jannus Award from the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society for “outstanding achievements in the aviation industry” in 2014.
Heilbron was president of the Latin American Airline Association (ALTA) and a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).