Copa Airlines will launch a nonstop flight between Denver and Panama City in December after United Airlines discontinued the route, but this time, Denver leaders believe they have the right airline to make the connection to the “hub of the Americas” work.

Fourteen months after United (NYSE: UAL) scaled back and then ended its direct flight to the capital city of the Central American nation, Panama City-based Copa (a united of Copa Holdings SA, NYSE: CPA) said today it will take up the mantle,…