From March 16 Air Panama will be offering two daily flights on weekdays from the capital to Alonso Valderrama airport in Chitre.
From March 16 the national airline Air Panama will be offering daily flights between Panama and Chitre, the main city in the province of Herrera. Flights will depart twice a day (morning and afternoon) from Monday to Friday.
Air Panama has announced that starting July 1st it will be operating a daily frequency between Panama City and the international airport of Costa Rica.
The air route between San José and Panama City has become, because of the characteristics of the demand from travelers between the capitals of both countries, the so-called "air bridges", where availability of seats is permanent. This announcement b Air Panama is welcome news, confirming a healthy current trend towards open skies in Central Americ, which will bring healthy competition between airlines, and benefits of all kinds for travelers.
With the entry of two competitors focusing on the business of low-cost fares, the airline market in Central America is preparing for a potential price war.
Panama has become the starting point for tourists looking to travel to the rest of Central America, where new airlines want to capitalize on a market which so far has been driven Copa Airlines and Avianca. Air Panama and VivaColombia are looking to compete in the market offering low prices, but limiting their offer to other services such as luggage.
Copa Airlines is venturing into the local market flying a twice daily route between Tocumen and David with rates $100 cheaper than those of Air Panama, which is being threatened by the international airline.
51% of local air traffic is represented by the internal route between Panama and David, which until now was serviced only by the airline Air Panama, but soon the business will be shared with Copa Airlines, which requested authorization to operate the route with two daily flights.
Air Costa Rica has started the process of gaining certification as an international operator and plans to begin charter flights in six months.
Air Costa Rica is the new brand name of Tica Air according to the Public Registry of the airline, which has launched the second phase of a certification process and expects to receive approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation within four to six months to operate as international airline. The first stage of the airline's plans include starting with charter flights to other countries in the region and then opening international routes to the United States, Nicaragua, Panama and Colombia.
As of October 18 the Panamanian airline will make three flights per week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays to Pedasi, in the province of Los Santos.
Prensa.com reports: "The airline will use a 12-passenger Caravan aircraft, with a capacity of 2,400 pounds. Air Panama has already made a request to the International Air Transport Association to register the route and get an international code, which will include the flight in major booking engines ".
From 1st July Copa Airlines passengers can enjoy direct connections to destinations within Panama, on domestic flights with Air Panama.
Via an agreement between the two airlines, Copa Airlines passengers arriving at Tocumen airport "will only have to go to the building where the domestic terminal is and board Air Panamaflights without having to re-check their luggage. This will save having to make a land transfer to Marco A. Gelabert, located in Albrook. "
After the termination in March of this year of Aeroperlas Regional’s operations, no other companies are in sight to compete in the market with Air Panama.
Rafael Barcenas, director of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that while it is not healthy that there is a single operator for domestic routes, as it is a regulated market, users have not been affected in terms of fares after Regional Aeroperlas’ exit of from the market.
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