In countries where airlines work closely with airport authorities and governments, the sector's development has been remarkable, as is the case of Panama.
Air connectivity in Latin America and the Caribbean is expensive: there are 130 different taxes on airfare, costs which are charged to companies, individual travelers, the aviation industry and tourism in general. Therefore, in countries where airlines work closely with airport authorities and governments, the sector's development has been remarkable, said Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to Martesfinanciero.com.
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 ".
It is expected that 14 million passengers will pass through Tocumen Airport in 2025, almost triple the amount of 2010.
According to several industry representatives, the main challenge will be the growth of airport infrastructure, which eventually will become a constraint for the sector.
Ofelia Barcenas, solutions manager for the International Air Transport Association (IATA), said the agency is working to streamline all processes related to passenger transit, such as migration and security. Some examples are the use of electronic tickets and collecting boarding passes using smartphones.
The 6 airlines operating in the country experienced a drop in yearly sales of around 14.6%, or a reduction of $10.5 million in income.
According to the article on elsalvador.com: "...the type of traveler which had the greatest decrease in demand was the regular tourist, hence the companies are focusing their efforts on business travelers 'who have to continue traveling and to do so on specific dates', said Quinteros, manager of Mexicana in the country."
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