Between January and May 2016 the flow of passengers that passed through airports in the Panama Pacific, Enrique Malek and Scarlett Martinez, grew by 38% compared to the same period in 2015.
From a statement issued by Tocumen SA:
Panama, July 25, 2016.Between January and May 2016 the network of regional airports managed and operated by Tocumen International Airport, reached a total volume of 242,052 passengers, compared to the 174,889 passengers transported in the same period in 2015.
Panamanian authorities are contradicting one another regarding Tocumen Airport's ability to host flight operations from the Emirates and has confirmed they have been delayed due to lack of passengers.
Emirates airline has suspended the opening of the Panama-Dubai flight because of lack of passengers, confirmed Gustavo Him, CEO of the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP). To date there are no flights registered for the Panama-Dubai journey of 17 hours and 35 minutes.
Visitor spending went from $3.728 billion in 2014 to $4.2 billion in 2015, double the growth rate for the category in a year.
The entry of travelers into Panama grew by 6.9% at the end of last year, going from 6,668 in 2014 to 7,128 in 2015. This greater volume of passengers spent 12.7% more than they did in 2014, reaching a record high of $4,199.7 million, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Census.
The number of passengers who arrived in the country on cruise ships between January and November 2014 decreased by 16% compared to the same period last year.
From January to the end of November 2014 a total of 191,345 passengers arrived aboard cruise ships, ie 36,986 fewer passengers than the number reported during the same period in 2013. Over the past five years, 2011 saw the highest number of tourists reported by this means of transport, while 2012 had the he lowest number.
Of the five immigration formalities to be completed by passengers entering or exiting the country through the Managua International Airport, two have been eliminated.
Constant complaints by private enterprise and airport users has led Nicaraguan authorities to reduce their immigration procedures. With this new measure the immigration cards for Revenues and Expenditures will no longer be used, and only the forms for migration, health and customs will need to be filled out.
Increased air connectivity in the country is one of the factors explaining the reduction of passengers arriving in the country from aboard on charter flights, going from 136,000 in 2012 to 82,000 in 2013.
According to the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) figures for this year are not yet available, but a similar decline is expected. The decrease in passengers traveling on charter flights is due to the supply of flights having incorporated more scheduled flights, which experienced a 4% increase in the number of passengers between January and October this year.
In the first half of the year the number of air passengers who arrived in and left the country grew by 8%, with 343,000 coming in and 304,000 passengers going out.
Although Nicaragua is a country with little international air connectivity in the first 6 months of 2014 there were more passengers coming in from abroad than those leaving the country. The difference amounts to more than 10 thousand people.
The Autonomous Executive Port Commission is preparing a tender for the construction of a passenger waiting room and the remodeling of the parking spaces at the international airport in San Salvador.
According to information from the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA) of El Salvador, the waiting room will require an investment of about $5 million, and will be on the first floor of the airport terminal and will have capacity for 400 people. The objective of this project is to comply with the segregation of passenger flows recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
During the first eight months of 2013 5.1 million passengers transited through the main airport of Panama.
The number of passengers who travelled in that period is greater than the 4.5 million tourists who came through the air terminal in the same period in 2012, indicated by data supplied by the Department of Statistics at Tocumen International Airport.
During the first half of 2013 3.8 million passengers transited through the main airport of Panama.
Data provided by the Department of Statistics of the International Airport of Tocumen, reveals that during the first six months of 2013 the number of passengers passing though in a day was 20,807 while in the same period in 2012 it was 19,000.
Panamaamerica.com.pa reports: "Most passengers were from Miami, Bogota, San Jose and Caracas. According to Tocumen, the increase achieved in the first half of the year is due, among other things, the addition of new air routes and increased frequencies by European airlines and the local airline Copa, which has allowed us to reach new markets. "
In the first five months of 2013, the airline carried 5.8 million passengers, representing an increase of 20% compared with the same period last year.
If the trend continues, the company will exceed its estimated 11 million passengers scheduled for this 2013. Copa Holdings, owner of the shares of the Panamanian airline Copa Airlines reported that its transport capacity has increased by 19%.
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