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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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Copa’s Expansion to Boost Panama’s Economy with Tourism and Job Growth


y Adrian Prozzo on April 21, 2023 in News from Panama

Panama-based Copa Airlines has announced its plans for expansion in 2023, further strengthening the Central American country’s position as the ‘Hub of the Americas.’

Under its expansion plans, the carrier will add 15 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to its fleet, introduce at least three new routes, and boost the frequency of flights to several destinations in its network. As a result, according to Copa Airlines, it expects to serve 11% more passengers in 2023 than it did in 2022.

In addition to boosting the airline’s international network, the expansion aims to bring more tourists to Panama. Copa Airlines’ primary hub – Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport (PTY) – is a major connecting airport between destinations in North America and South America.

Under the ‘Panama Stopover’ scheme launched in 2019, around 216,000 visitors have entered the country while on layovers at the airport. A further 115,000 tourists are expected to take advantage of the program this year.

“Copa Airlines has been investing in Panama for more than 75 years, which has helped us become the leading airline in the region, turning the Hub of the Americas into Latin America’s preferred connection by facilitating connectivity and contributing in boosting the economic, social, and tourism sectors of both Panama and Latin America,” said Pedro Heilbron, Chief Executive Officer at Copa Airlines.

“To remain sustainable and thrive in the current complex and competitive environment, the airline seeks to boost its growth, generate jobs, and increase our direct contributions to the country’s economy.”

One part of Copa Airlines’ expansion plans is the addition of fifteen Boeing 737 MAX planes to its existing order that was made in 2015. The airline has invested around $2.1 billion in the new aircraft, which are expected to be delivered over the next five years. In addition, it expects to receive six Boeing 737 MAX 9s this year, taking its total fleet of aircraft to 99.

Copa Airlines has also agreed to purchase eight Diamond DA40/42 aircraft for training purposes. These light aircraft will be equipped with state-of-the-art safety technology and use up to 50% less fuel than the training aircraft they are set to replace, enhancing Copa’s green credentials.

The Panamanian flag carrier is also adding three new destinations to its network later this year – Baltimore (BWI), Austin (AUS), and Manta, Ecuador (MEC). These will take Copa Airlines’ total number of destinations to 80 across 33 countries within the Americas.

The airline predicts it will serve more than 16 million passengers in 2023, with up to 328 daily flights by the end of the year.

Finally, Copa Airlines will continue its attempts to boost tourism in Panama, encouraging its passengers on layover flights to take time out to explore the country under schemes such as the ‘Panama Stopover’ program and the ‘Irresistible Panama’ marketing initiative.


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United Airlines increases flights to NY


Posted 25/05/2023

United Airlines will increase the number of flights it offers between Newark Airport in New York City and Tocumen International Airport.

Given the projected demand for the number of seats during the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere, the company will add a second flight on Saturday and Sunday. With the increase, the US airline will have 9 flights a week between Tocumen International and Newark Airport.

The increase in frequencies will take place from June 24 and will be available until the beginning of September, although everything will depend on demand. The increase in the number of seats will also make it possible to meet the increase in demand from Panama to New York City as a result of the school holidays of the educational centers that operate in Panama with the school calendar of the northern hemisphere.

From Newark Airport, United offers connections to 114 international destinations.

The increase does not affect the schedule of two daily flights that the airline maintains to the US city of Houston.

Data from Tocumen S.A. indicate that last April 18,393 passengers traveled from Panama to the city of Houston, while 9,479 did the same to the Newark airport in New York City.

The flights on both frequencies are served with a Boeing B737-900 aircraft with a capacity of 166 seats, of which 16 are in business class.


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Latin America air travel nears pre-pandemic levels


Posted 20/06/202

Air passenger traffic in Latin America and the Caribbean registered one of the highest rates in April, reaching 99.8% of pre-pandemic levels. By region, Africa has managed to scale to 96.6% of its 2019 levels, the Middle East reached 95.7%, North America 93.7%, and Europe 85.3%. and Southeast Asia remained the one with the lowest recovery with 83.2%.

In April in the Latin American region, 29.1 million passengers were mobilized, which represents 0.2% below pre-pandemic levels.

In the first four months of the year, 118.8 million passengers have been transported, 1.4% below 2019. Average flight occupancy reached 80.5%, 2.8 points below 2019 levels. In the case of domestic flights, the rate was 79.9%, among the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean it reached 77.9% and the extra-regional rate was 2.8%.

Throughout 2022, Latin America and the Caribbean remained the region in the world with the highest passenger recovery. An impressive milestone given that it was a region that did not receive any financial support during the pandemic. This year 2023 has presented important economic challenges, which directly impact the travel and tourism sector, both operators and users”, highlighted José Ricardo Botelho, executive director and CEO of ALTA (Latin America Air Transport Assc.)


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Copa launches new service to Austin, Texas


Posted 06/07/2023

Austin, Texas, the “ Live Music Capital of the World ”, became the 80th destination for Copa Airlines,  from Panama.

From July 6, Austin becomes the first destination of the airline that connects the state of  Texas with the continent through the  Hub of the Americas, located in  Panama City.

Christophe Didier, Copa's sales manager, explained that Austin is the #15 destination in the United States and it is very important because it strengthens Panama's connectivity and represents a window of opportunity to increase business and tourism, cultural, and educational exchanges between the Texan capital with Panama and our entire region.

The cosmopolitan city of Austin for the last decades it has been characterized by its live music offer where musicians perform throughout the city in clubs, coffee shops, bars, taquerias and concert halls.

The new flight to the host city of the renowned University of Texas at Austin reinforces Copa Airlines' operation in the United States, joining the fourteen cities of the Airline in the North American country: Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Boston,  Chicago, New York, Denver, Washington, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale, and  Baltimore.

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The flight to Austin will operate four times a week on  Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, leaving  Panama at 09:18 am and arriving at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) at 2:04 p.m. (local time).  The return flight will depart the same days from Austin at 3:34 pm, arriving in Panama at 8:16 pm (local time ).


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American Airlines closes Panama office


Posted 08/07/2023

American Airlines has closed its commercial office in Panama City, located in Marbella, in Plaza Nueva York, as part of a global plan to restructure its commercial strategy to reduce costs and strengthen digital sales channels.

The commercial operation in Panama was managed by an outsourced service in which four people worked.

The airline reported that it will focus on direct sales through American Airlines' own channels, such as its website, call center, or counter located at the Tocumen International Airport. Air tickets can also be purchased at authorized travel agencies.

“We have evolved many of our commercial offerings in recent months to build a more resilient and profitable airline. As part of this work, we are announcing changes to the structure of our sales team, which will allow us to better serve an evolving market and support our customers' preferences and how they want to book their travel," said a company spokesperson when asked about the closure of the offices in Panama.

The president of the Panamanian Association of Travel Agencies, Noris Brea, clarified that the airline maintains its air operations between Panama and the city of Miami, with two daily flights, so that users can continue planning their itineraries with the different travel agencies.

In a statement posted on the door of the old office in Marbella, the airline reports that the ticket purchase counter at the Tocumen International Airport is open daily between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and that they continue to operate in Panama, as well as the rest of the region of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

“This summer American is operating up to 314 daily flights to 90 destinations in the region, representing a 12% increase in seat capacity compared to summer 2019,” the airline said in the statement.


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Turkish Airlines to increase Panama-Istanbul direct flights


Posted 11/07/2023

Turkish Airlines announced the increase in flights between Istanbul and Panama City from 10 weekly frequencies to 11 as of October 29 and from December 26 it will increase an additional frequency to complete 12.

The airline currently operates 10 flights a week, of which 3 are direct between the Panamanian capital and Istanbul and 7 in connection with Bogotá, Colombia.

The additional flight that will begin to operate weekly at the end of October will be direct between Panama City and Istanbul. With which the non-stop frequencies will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

The president of the airline Ahmet Bolat, recently highlighted that the connection to Panama in alliance with Copa Airlines meant an important added value and they are committed to increasing the route to be able to offer the service to passengers connecting from other markets with the hub of the Americas.

Bolat was asked at a press conference in the framework of the IATA Annual General Assembly, if he would add Chile, Paraguay, and other countries to his portfolio of destinations in Latin America and said that for now these markets are served through the connection with Panama and Bogota.

“Right now, with Copa Airlines, we are serving these destinations. From Bogotá, we are serving these destinations as well and from Panama. So we will continue to operate in this way in Central America,” he said.


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