Lay-offs by Continental will not affect Panama
"No routes are being eliminated nor will there be any reduction in the frequency of flights," indicated Ana Lorena Arroyo, manager for Continental Airlines in Panama.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Panama remains untouched, for the moment, by the international crisis from which the airline industry is suffering. US airline Continental Airlines announced in June that it would be laying off some 3000 employees and would reduce flights on several routes. Starting September it will stop flying to or reduce flights to destinations in Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico, Chile and the Dominican Republic. It will also be closing some offices.
Continental Airlines announced the opening of a second flight from Panama to Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
The airline reported that, starting in March, it will increase Saturday flights from San José to New York to three.
The aeronautical authorities of Peru have so far refused permission for a fifth weekly frequency, even though the demand for seats is catching up with supply.
The airline will be reducing the number of daily flights between Caracas and Panama from three to two and eliminating the daily frequency from Caracas to Medellin, among other changes.
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