More flights from Paris

It appears that Air France made the right decision in initiating direct flights to Panama.

Four months after the first flight from Paris landed at Tocumen International Airport, the airline announced that this year they will be adding two new frequencies from the Charles de Gaulle terminal in Paris to Panama, thus completing five flights per week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays).

Pieter de Man, regional director of Air France-KLM for Central America and the Andean countries, commented that this decision demonstrates the company's confidence in the region.

The additional flights will begin operating on October 27th. With this increase, the Air France-KLM group will have 12 weekly flights to Europe from the air hub at Tocumen. "We are going to offer more connections to our clients in Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua," noted de Man.

To seal the arrival of the French airline, the Panama Tourism Authority signed an agreement for $4.5 million over three years to cover the risks of the new route.

In the first four months of operation, the airline has registered 90% occupancy; of this total, 80% of the passengers were bound for Panama City. Last week, the Spanish airline Iberia also reported that in the coming months they will add two new frequencies to the country to establish a daily flight between Madrid and Tocumen.

In addition, tickets are already on sale for TAP Portugal's new flight between Lisbon and Panama, which will be available on July 1st, while the German company Lufthansa plans to begin landing at Tocumen Airport in November.

Source: La Prensa