Under the agreement with the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), the two tour operators will market only vacation packages – which will include accommodation, excursions and air fare, in order to avoid competing with airlines.
Additionally, Mexico’s flagship airline, Aeromexico, has requested authorization to start flying between Mexico City and the Tocumen International Airport in the first quarter of next year.
“With these new flight agreements and initiatives, along with the stop-over deal with Copa Airlines -that allows passengers in transit with Copa Airlines to remain in the country at no additional cost- we expect to continue growing as a tourist destination and achieve two million annual visitors,” said Ernesto Orillac, who was recently named Vice Minister of Tourism of Panama.
This initiative known as “Free Stop Over” was released in April by the Tourism Authority of Panama in partnership with Copa Airlines, to give transit travelers the opportunity to stop over in Panama City at no additional charge, with preferential rates for accommodation and tourist attractions. This deal gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the world-class restaurants, vibrant nightlife offered by Panama City and more than 2,435 luxury shops which offer duty free products.