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The European airline Lufthansa and the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) are in negotiations to open a new flight between Germany and Panama. This would be a daily flight that would be the second direct flight between Panama and Germany, currently served by a weekly charter out of Frankfurt by Condor.
Lufthansa has already had a sales office in Panama since 2012 which was set up with interest in the possibility of establishing the new route. Salomón Shamah, the administrator of ATP is heading the negotiation with the airline. Lufthansa’s concerns include the economic risk of establishing the route, which the ATP can mitigate by providing compensation for losses as part of its the negotiation. The ATP has been successfully increasing the number of direct flights to the country’s Tocumen International Airport by using this incentive that supports airlines through the first years of the route.
An official amount has not been reached yet, however consideration is being given to the $4.5 million figure that was assigned by the ATP to Air France to bring along its soon-to-open direct route. Flights with Air France between Paris and Tocumen International will begin Saturday, November 25.
“We are talking with Lufthansa to find middle ground that will benefit both parties,” said ATP administrator Shamah.
Panama currently has connections to Europe with Iberia (Spain), Condor (Germany) and KLM (Holland).