Direct Flights USA/Canada

Tocumen International Airport (PTY) is the main international airport for the country of Panama and is located 22 miles from downtown Panama City, the capital of Panama. Some of the airlines that already have direct flights to Panama from the U.S. and Canada include American Airlines, Copa Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, and Spirit Airlines.

The table below shows a summary of the U.S. cities that currently offer non-stop direct flights to Panama:

US/Canada Direct Non-Stop Flights to Panama
City Days Per Week Airlines Flights Per Day
Toronto, Canada 1 (starts June 16, 2011) Copa Airlines 1
Miami, FL 7 Copa Airlines
American Airlines
Delta Airlines
Los Angeles, CA 7 Copa Airlines 2
New York, NY 7 Copa Airlines 1
Chicago, IL 7 (starts Dec 2011) Copa Airlines 1
Washington, DC 7 Copa Airlines 1
Houston, TX 7 American Airlines
Copa Airlines
Atlanta, GA 7 Delta Airlines 1
Dallas, TX 1 (Sunday) American Airlines 1
Newark, NJ 1 (Sunday) Copa Airlines 1
Orlando, FL 2 (Saturday, Sunday) Copa Airlines
Delta Airlines

Panama’s tourism authority is working hard at lobbying airlines around the world to establish more direct flights to Panama. So far the results have been encouraging.

Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) has begun twice-weekly direct flights from Curacao to Panama.

Iberia airlines now has a direct flight from Madrid, Spain. German Airline Condor has a weekly flight between Frankfurt and Panama City (with a stop in the Dominican Republic).

There is talk that Australia’s Qantas Airlines is considering adding Panama to its list of destinations as well. United Arab Emirates airlines such as Emirates Airlines and Flydubai are also considering flights to Panama. According to La Prensa Japan’s All Nippon Airlines may begin a direct flight to Panama too. British Airways may also start flights to Panama by way of Puerto Rico. And Panama’s Copa Airlines is talking with Canadian authorities to establish a direct fligth between Toronto and Panama City.

There are already direct flights to Amsterdam on KLM, and direct flights to almost every major city in South America on airlines like Taca, Copa, Aires, and Avianca. From the U.S. there are direct flights on Copa, Continental, Delta, American, and Spirit Airlines.

All of these flights are helping to increase tourist arrivals to Panama at a rapid pace. It is reported that Panama curretly has more hotel rooms planned and/or under construction than any other country in the region except Brazil. In order to handle all of these new arrivals Panama is also expanding its airports. A new airport is already being planned for the city of Colon, the David airport is currently being expanded, as is Tocumen International in Panama City. A brand new international airport has also been announced for the center of Panama in the province of Cocle – the exact location is being studied and is yet to be confirmed, but in any case this will make arriving to the Pedasi and the Azuero Penisula even easier.