Flying to Panama

The main international airport, Tocumen, is in Panama City, although David also has international flights.

There are direct flights to Panama City from 7 US cities:

  • New York (Copa)
  • Newark (Continental)
  • Miami (American and Copa)
  • Los Angeles (Copa)
  • Houston (Continental)
  • Atlanta (Delta)
  • Orlando ( Copa)

Flight times from US cities to Panama City range 3-5 hours.

Direct flights depart Panama City daily to Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Managua (Nicaragua) and San Jose (Costa Rica).  There are also flights from Panama City to South America, including Columbia, Ecuador and Venezuela.  Other destinations from Panama City include Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Peru.

Copa is Panama's international airline.  Copa flies to 31 destinations in 20 countries in North/South America and the Caribbean.  Copa has a strategic alliance with Continental Airlines including participation in Continental's frequent flier program.

Continental is an international airline for passengers, cargo and mail transportation with daily, direct flights to Panama City from Houston and Newark/New York.  Code share flights from Miami, Orlando, Los Angeles, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Guatemala, Lima and Santiago Chile

Delta Air Lines offers daily non-stop service between Atlanta and Panama City on brand new Boeing 737-800's with two classes of service. They boast of their outstanding in-flight entertainment system and meal selections for your enjoyment.

Air travel -- Flying around Panama

Panama’s airlines are Air Panama and Aeroperlas.  Domestic flights depart Panama City from Albrook Airport in the former Albrook Air Force Station near the Panama Canal.

Aeroperlas flies to 24 destinations throughout Panama.  Make online reservations on their website.  They also offer charter flights to all our destinations and air freight services.

Air Panama serves Panama's 26 most important destinations with a modern fleet of 16 aircraft.  Ask about their charter flights both local and international.

Popular destinations from Panama City include:

  • Bocas del Toro
  • Changuinola
  • Chitre
  • Colon
  • David
  • El Real
  • Garachine
  • Isla Contadora
  • La Palma
  • Playon Chico (San Blas)
  • Porvenir (San Blas)
  • Puerto Obaldia (San Blas)
  • Rio Sidra (San Blas)
  • Usutupo

Government air safety oversight has increased significantly in recent years however, and there have been no incidents involving scheduled passenger services since 2000.
Beginning January 23, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable.


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