Panama: First-World Convenience at Third-World Prices-Travel Info: How to get to Panama.

Travel Info: How to get to Panama

Most travelers fly into Tocumen International Airport (code: PTY), a major hub connecting all of North and South America. There is also a domestic airport in Panama City, the Marcos A. Gelabert Airport in the Albrook neighborhood, from which you can fly to many of Panama’s beach, country, and mountain destinations. (The two domestic airlines in Panama are Air Panama; website:, and Aeroperlas; website:

  • There are direct flights to Panama from many cities all over the world, including U.S. destinations like Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Orlando, Newark, and New York. With Panama’s Copa Air aggressively adding new direct flights every year, Panama is one of the world’s most accessible destinations.
  • Many major carriers fly here, including Panama’s highly successful Copa airlines, and U.S.-based lines like Continental, American, and Delta, and airlines from other countries, for example Taca, Iberia, Avianca, Lloyd Aereo Boliviano, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which offers non-stop flights between Amsterdam and Panama.
  • Approximate times for direct flights from major U.S. cities: Miami, two hours and 50 minutes; Orlando, three hours and 15 minutes; Atlanta, four hours; Houston, four hours; Washington, DC, four hours and 30 minutes; New York, five hours and 10 minutes; Los Angeles, seven hours and 30 minutes.

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