Air Canada first to leave Venezuela

Not only are Colón Free Zone merchants suffering from debts unpaid by Venezuela, but airlines are claiming a debt of $3,300 million from that government.

The first airline to disappear from Venezuelan skies was Air Canada, which argued that it could not guarantee the operation due to social conflicts and demonstrations in the South American country.

President Nicolas Maduro made good his threat to take action against airlines that canceled flights to and from Venezuela [...]

New non-stop announced Los Angeles – Melbourne

United Airlines has announced that it will begin operating nonstop flights between Los Angeles International Airport and Melbourne, Australia, from October 26, 2014 (westbound), subject to government approval.

The airline will operate the route six times a week with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

United is the launching customer in North America for the 787-9 and this will be the first international mission for this variant of the aircraft that will be used.

United flies from [...]

Panamanian businessmen invest in new Costa Rican airline

En el caso de Panamá Tica Air estaría atendiendo la ruta a través de código compartido con Air Panamá

Executives of Air Panama are shareholders in Tica Air, which will fly three times a week from Costa Rica to Miami and code share with Air Panama from Costa Rica to Panama. The investment totals more than $10 million.

The new Costa Rican airline, Tica Air, will have a strong Panamanian flavor. Among its main shareholders are Eduardo Stagg and George Novey, executive chairman and CEO of Air Panama.

Eduardo Stagg, in an interview with [...]

More flights to Colombia

Más frecuencias aéreas entre Colombia y Panamá

Copa Airlines has announced that effective March 16, it will increase frequencies between Bogota and San Andres, in Colombia, and Panama City.

The company, which already has five weekly flights between Panama and San Andrés, will have more than double this offer, reaching twelve a week.

“… We will also increase from four to seven weekly frequencies between Bogota and Cancun (Mexico), and from July there will be a new daily frequency between Panama and [...]

Venezuela factor in fall of sea and air volumes

Puerto de Cristóbal

The crisis in Venezuela is not only affecting the movement of containers in the Panamanian port system, but also the air cargo industry, according to industry spokesmen.

The statistics of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) confirmed what had already been reflected in recent months by the Panamanian port system – a fall of 4.3% compared with 2012 and -1% in relation to 2011, indicating that the movements are marching backwards.

The three Atlantic ports are [...]

International airlines betting on Panama

Aeropuerto Internacional Enrique Malek

By Marijulia Pujol Lloyd

Panama took a step forward by developing three new international airports in Chiriqui, Coclé and Colón provinces in 2013. Now the real work begins to promote these terminals with airlines in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Moisés Véliz, former Vice-President of Governmental Relations for COPA Airlines and an expert in the aeronautical industry, said that this is going to be a long term process, but the main advantage is “we do [...]

Three more destinations for COPA

Aeronave de Copa

COPA, the Panamanian airline, announced that by mid 2014 it will have three new direct flights from Panama to Montreal, Canada; Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Georgetown, Guyana.

It will also add eight new aircraft to its fleet which will increase its seating capacity by 10 percent.

Pedro Heilbron, COPA’s CEO, said that the sustained growth of the airline over the last few years has reinforced its leadership position in the region consolidating the Tocumen “Hub [...]