Emirates announces new service to Panama City
Emirates has announced plans to launch services to Panama City (Tocumen International Airport (PTY)), beginning 1 February 2016.
August 31, 2015
By PLA Editor
Emirates has announced plans to launch services to Panama City (Tocumen International Airport (PTY)), beginning 1 February 2016. The new service will be the longest non-stop flight in the world (17 hours 35 minutes in the Westbound direction) and will be Emirates’ first gateway destination in Central America.
Service to Panama City, Panama’s capital and largest city by population, will commence with a daily flight operated by a B777-200LR aircraft with up to 15 tonnes of cargo. Key imports to the country include pharmaceuticals, machinery products, iron/steel rods, and electronics.
Both a vibrant metropolis and gateway to tropical destinations, Panama City is also the economic and financial centre of the country with the major industries being international banking, commerce, and tourism. Ideally located between North and South America, as well as the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Panama City has developed an unrivalled transportation and communication network. It operates two of the busiest ports in Latin America, including the Colon Free Trade Zone – the world’s second largest free trade zone.
Additionally, the ongoing expansion of the Panama Canal has helped contribute to Panama’s economic growth in recent years.
“Panama City will be our first destination gateway in Central America, providing a convenient option for our passengers travelling from or through our global hub in Dubai and onward to destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group.