(Panama City, Panama, September 15, 2011) "“ Having already gained recognition as the main hub in Latin America, Panama continues to grow as an attractive and exciting tourist destination.

More tourists from Central America, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador will begin to go to Panama starting May 2012, when the companies Aventuras 2000 and International Tourists begin sending charter flights to Panama City. These companies will lease two aircrafts with a capacity of 180 passengers each, to provide the possibility of a minimum of two daily flights.

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.

These charters have been added to the agreement signed with Mexico to expand the routes and frequencies between Mexico and Panama. As part of the agreement, Copa Airlines increased weekly flights to Mexico City (from 21 to 28), to Cancun (from 21 to 35) and maintained the seven flights to Guadalajara, as well as incorporated routes to Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta and San Jose del Cabo.


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.