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Flights from Canada to Panama’s Pacific Riviera start Nov. 1


Posted 19/10/2022

With four weekly flights: two from Montreal and two from Toronto, the Canadian airline Air Transat will carry out regular flights from Canada to The Pacific Riviera.

Flights will land at the Scarlett Martínez Airport in Río Hato, province of Coclé, starting on November 1.

Air Transat is Canada's leading vacation airline, flying to over 60 international destinations in more than 25 countries in the Americas and Europe, carrying some 5 million passengers each year.

The administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), Iván Eskildsen, pointed out that the frequency of international flights from Canada will generate a significant economic impact on the Pacific Riviera, one of the priority destinations of the Sustainable Tourism Master Plan (PMTS 2020-2025).

The Pacific Riviera is the coastal area from Punta Chame, in West Panama, to Farallón, in Río Hato, with a high demand for sun and beach experiences, nautical (marine) tourism activities, and active tourism or contact with nature.


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Air Canada resumes direct flights to Panama


The Canadian-flagged airline Air Canada resumes its non-stop operations between Canada and Tocumen International Airport in Panama City on November 4, after a two-year absence due to the countries’ government restrictions, due to the Covid-19 health crisis. According to the airline, from November 4 it will offer 2 weekly flights (Friday and Sunday) on its Toronto / Panama itinerary and from December 18 to extend the frequencies on Wednesdays and Friday and Sunday.

The General Manager of Tocumen International Airport, Raffoul Arab, specified “that the benefits of Air Canada’s return to Panama will be significant not only from the point of view of connectivity, but that this important decision constitutes an additional means to promote the tourism, commercial, investment and cultural exchange sectors between both countries.”

Between January and September of this year, Tocumen International Airport has registered a traffic of 11.5 million passengers, through 18 commercial airlines that offer services to 84 destinations in America and Europe.


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Panama has recovered 93% of air routes


Posted 04/11/2022

Panama is among the countries that have recovered air connectivity the fastest with 93% of airlines returning to the hub of the Americas.

After Mexico, which has 100 international air routes, compared to 127 in 2019, Panama is the Latin American country with the most international air routes, with 80 at the end of August, and by the end of October, 83 destinations were already registered.

In 2019 it had 88 routes, which means that 93% of the connection has been recovered, and the airlines continue to return.

On Tuesday, November 1, Canada's Air Transat began operating two regular flights a week from Montreal to the Scarlett Martínez International Airport in Río Hato, and will also have two more a week from Toronto to the so-called Pacific Riviera.

Air Canada will start today, Friday, November 4, with flights between Toronto and Panama City, with two frequencies a week on Friday and Sunday. And for December 18 it will increase the frequencies to three (Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday).

Turkish Airlines, which was one of the first to return to Panama after the pandemic, has been gradually increasing its frequencies until it has a total of 10 flights from Istanbul to Panama, of which three they are direct and seven are shared on a scale with Bogotá.

Air Europa,  will add another frequency in December to close the year with five flights a week, Air France will have a daily flight from December.

At the recent National Tourism Convention, the general manager of Tocumen S.A., Raffoul Arab, stated that they will close the year close to the passenger movement figures they had in 2019. There is optimism because they hope to exceed that traffic in 2023.

Until now, only Wingo and Aeroregional fly to that alternative terminal to Tocumen, "There are two or three more low-cost airlines that express interest in flying to that airport," said Arab.


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