Why flying to Panama City is easier than you think

For such a small country Panama has excellent flight connectivity with direct flights to Panama City to most of the major cities in central, north and south America as well direct connections with 5 major cities in Europe and Bejing in China.

Tocuman International Airport

Most of the international flights arrive and depart from Tocuman International Airport with the exceptions being:

  • Wingo that flies from Panama Pacifico to Bogota, Cali, Medellin and Cartagena
  • Air Panama that flies from Albrook to San Jose, Medellin, Cartagena and Armenia

Tocuman International Airport, known as the Hub of the Americas, receives many direct flights to Panama City.

This project to create a new South Terminal at Tocuman International Airport will increase the total capacity of the airport to 20 million passengers a year by 2022, with 85,000sqm of new buildings, 20 new boarding gates, improved customs facilities and a new baggage-handling system.

Once complete, the airport will feature a total of 68 gates spread over an area of 148,000 square-metres.

The new terminal is expected to be fully operational by the first semester of 2019.

Copa Airlines

The majority of the flights operating out of Tocuman International Airport are provided by the Panamanian Flag Carrier Copa Airlines. Copa are a member of the Star Alliance network.

Copa Airlines has been rewarded thanks to its punctuality close to 90%, one of the best indicators in the industry.

The list of Copa Airlines destinations is far too long to be listed here but can be found at https://copaair.com. The destinations include all the major cities in the Americas and the Caribbean

The major success of Copa Airlines and Tocuman has been its connectivity with 80% of the passengers arriving at the airport being in transit.

The Copa Airlines schedule has been carefully designed to connect south and north America with most of the flights from Argentina, Brazil and Chile arriving early in the morning to connect with the flights to the main cities in the USA and Canada.

Max 9

Copa recently took delivery of its first Max 9 is the first of the five aircraft of its class that the airline will receive between October and December 2018. The Max 9 will operate on the airline’s longest routes starting with San Francisco in December 2018.

The Max 9 includes a new Copa Business Class with fully flat seats and a new Premium Economy service.

Other Airlines


Air China operates a route from Beijing to Panama City via Houston which currently flies twice a week.


The current list of connections to Europe are:

  • KLM – Amsterdam
  • Air France – Paris
  • Iberia – Madrid
  • Turkish – Istanbul
  • Lufthansa – Frankfurt

Air Europa is due to start flights in June 2019

North America

The current list of connections to North America are:

  • United – Houston and New York
  • American – Miami, Dallas Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York, Charlotte, Chicago
  • Delta – Atlanta
  • Air Canada – Montreal and Toronto
  • Aero Mexico – Mexico City
  • Spirit Airlines – Fort Lauderdale, Orlando

South America

The current list of connections to South America are:

  • Avianca – Bogota, San Jose, San Salvador
  • Laser – Caracas
  • Venezolana – Caracas, Maracaibo
  • Turpial Airlines – Valencia

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