Lufthansa awaiting authorization to begin direct flights to Panama

Executives of the German airline Lufthansa are awaiting authorization from their headquarters to establish a direct flight between Frankfurt and Panama City, as published by the news agency ANPanamá. Dirk van Nieuwkerk, general manager for Mexico and Central America, told the Panama News Agency that it all depends on the headquarters giving authorization and assigning a plane, but they already have many destinations. 

"I think it's [Panama] a good opportunity, and we want it to happen as soon as possible, but we must wait," assured the executive.

The company has many motivations to work with the Panamanian market. "The market has grown a lot, as has the economy. Copa Airlines, which is our allied company, also offers a network to Central America and the Caribbean that is very good for us, in order to make connections from Panama towards Europe," explained Van Nieuwkerk.

The German airline currently has a direct connection from Mexico City to Frankfurt, and as of April has scheduled five flights a week from that city to Munich.

Meanwhile, Panama has managed to increase its connections with the old continent through Iberia (Spain), Air France (France), and KLM (Netherlands).

According to sources linked to the diplomatic service, another obstacle to overcome is the modification of the Lufthansa aircraft, since their high percentage of business class seats currently used by travelers from Europe, Asia, and North America would not have as high a demand in Latin America.

Source: Caribbean News Digital