Healthy loads and yields helped Copa Airlines and AeroRepublica parent Copa Holdings mitigate the impact of rising fuel costs in the first quarter, when it suffered a relatively mild 18.7% decline in net income to $39.5 million from $48.6 million in the year-ago period. Results the company characterized as "strong" were boosted by a 21.9% year-over-year increase in operating revenue to $295.9 million. Operating income slipped 14.9% to $51.7 million from $60.8 million as fuel costs climbed ...

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