By Plane

All international flights land at the newly expanded Tocumen International Airport (PTY; tel. 238-2700). Air Panama flights from Costa Rica to Panama City land at the Marcos A. Gelabert Airport (PAC), which is more commonly referred to as Albrook Airport (tel. 315-0241). There is also direct service from San José, Costa Rica, to the David and Bocas del Toro airports. Taca Airlines has service from Costa Rica, arriving at Tocumen.

The following airlines serve Panama City from the United States, using the gateway cities listed. American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300 in the U.S., or 269-6022 in Panama; has two daily flights from Miami; Copa Airlines (tel. 800/359-2672 in the U.S., or 227-0116 in Panama; has two daily flights from Miami, and one daily flight from Orlando, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. Delta Airlines (tel. 800/241-4141 in the U.S., or 214-8118 in Panama; offers one daily flight from Atlanta; TACA (tel. 800/400-8222 in the U.S., or 360-2093 in Panama; has one daily flight from all major U.S. hubs, but with a stopover in El Salvador or Costa Rica. Mexicana (tel. 800/531-7921 in the U.S., or 264-9855 in Panama; offers daily flights from Miami, Dallas, and Los Angeles; however, they connect with Copa Air in Mexico City, so you're better off with a direct flight with Copa. From Canada, flights to Panama City are available through American Airlines, with a connection in Miami. Spirit Airlines (tel. 800/772-7117; offers nonstop service to Panama City from Fort Lauderdale.

From London, Iberia (tel. 0870/609-0500 in the U.K., or 227-3966 in Panama; has daily flights to Panama City that connect in either Madrid or Costa Rica; American Airlines and British Airways have daily flights that connect in Miami; Continental Airlines has daily flights that connect in Orlando or Houston; Delta has a daily flight that connects in Atlanta.

From Australia, Qantas (tel. 9691-3636; has daily flights in conjunction with Copa Air from Sydney, connecting in Honolulu or Los Angeles; Air New Zealand (tel. 507-264-8756 in New Zealand; also works in conjunction with Copa Air with one daily flight from Auckland, connecting in Los Angeles.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.