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Lufthansa sent a letter to Panama’s Tourism Authority (ATP) in which it stated that as of January of next year, it will commence direct flights from Germany to Panama. According to the negotiations, the ATP will deliver $500 thousand a year to Lufthansa for frequent flights. The ATP has enacted this type of agreement with other carriers (AirFrance, Iberia, KLM) as a way of promoting a new route and to offset costs associated with the risk airlines face when opening up a new market.
Sources have reported that Lufthansa plans on using Airbus A330 jets with a capacity for 300 passengers for the new route. The number of German tourists visiting the country has increased 20% compared to last year, representing 6, 474 travelers during the first trimester.
Panama presently receives direct flights from Spain, France and Holland. Next in line to further Panama’s status as a transportation hub is, TAP, the Portuguese airline, which will begin routing flights to the country July 2. TAP will fly nonstop to Colombia and make a layover in Tocumen International Airport before returning to Europe.