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Panama: Internal Flight Plans Take Flight; Direct to Bocas del Toro from Tocumen Airport

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From the first of July, Copa Airlines passengers can enjoy direct connections to destinations within Panama, on domestic flights with Air Panama. Via an agreement between the two airlines, Copa Airlines passengers arriving at Tocumen airport will only have to go to the building where the domestic terminal is and board Air Panama flights without having to re-check their luggage. This will save having to make a land transfer to Marco A. Gelabert, located in Albrook.

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Internal Connections Take Flight

After two years of planning, the July 1 began operating the alliance between the Panamanian airline Copa Airlines and Air Panama.

With this agreement, passengers will arrive at Tocumen International Airport and address that will take another plane to Bocas del Toro, the first target to be exploited through the air link.

Arriving at Tocumen, passengers only have to go to the building where the domestic terminal and boarding Air Panama without having to re-register your luggage. This saves the land transfer to Marco A. Gelabert, located in Albrook.

This alliance is a plus for the country’s connectivity, but also becomes a double-edged sword for hotels and shops that used to cater for travelers whose final destination was Bocas del Toro, but remained one or two days Panama City.

In perspective, the new flights are positive, considering that the tourism industry within the country is the most needed economic boost.

Brazil and Argentina are the first markets where it is being promoted Bocas del Toro, though there are plans to sell this product in all cities where Copa Airlines is offline.

The agreement was not implemented before because Copa Airlines was waiting to finish the remodeling work at the airport in Isla Colon, representing an investment of $ 576 000.

The connection between Copa Airlines and Air Panama is available on Sundays and Thursdays and the first flight recorded a near 90% occupancy.

Statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) report that annually an average of 66 000 496 people used the airport in Isla Colon, of which 70% are tourists.

The airline also has within its plans to make connections with the airport Enrique Malek in the province of Chiriqui. The company will use an Embraer 190, with a capacity of 94 passengers to fly to the province.

Although the company still did not conduct the operation permit, Rafael Barcenas, director of the CAA, said they are only waiting for the completion of the remodeling of Enrique Malek to fly to this destination.

During the protests of indigenous communities in February, Copa Airlines flight to Chiriqui made to support the transfer of persons who could not pass by blocking the roads.

This served for the airline to prove the quality of the runway.

Moved parallel to the Cup, the country develop other partnerships that will improve connectivity. Since last month began arriving the first charter flights from Colombia through Avianca, Taca.

The Panamanian authorities had an agreement with the Colombian wholesale tour Londoño-Travel to market vacation packages to Panama. For the second half of this year, 168 charter have confirmed to represent the entry of 22 000 tourists, and by 2013 there are plans to sell 400 charter. Direct flights are being sold in cities like Barranquilla, Bogota and Pereira, and vacation packages are marketed not to compete with Copa Airlines.

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