Generally, if you ask a Panamanian about international travel, they will casually talk about places like Disneyland and New York City. But if you specifically ask them about air transport they will go NUTS. Panamanians that don’t fly Copa, don’t fly at all. If you are ever in a group setting, ask the highest ranking Panamanian how amazing Copa is. This means you are calling him cultured and rich. He will like you (and by proxy, so will the rest of the group).
At first glance, you might ask yourself, why would Panamanians like a company that gauges prices on flights, to such an extent that it becomes too expensive for them to travel to neighboring countries? The simple answer: free drinks. Panamanians love the small bottles of Abuelo rum offered on Copa flights and are therefore happy to pay a premium ticket fare. They also philosophically like to support the one Panamanian business that does things on time.
As for statistics, whenever confronted with a complaint about doing business in Panama, 20% of Panamanians will claim you are an outright liar, 20% will tell you to go f**k yourself, and the remaining 60% will reference Copa Airlines as proof that you are most certainly wrong. In fact, it is a well-liked myth when Panamanians clap as the plane lands, they are actually saluting Copa.