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More Air Panama Flights to Bocas and Pedasi. The Panamanian airline, Air Panama, will increase its flights to the Bocas del Toro province and also restart its route to Pedasi, Los Santos province. The company is investing $5 million in the purchase of Fokker 50 aircraft with capacity for 50 passengers and a Caravan which can accommodate 12 passengers.
The flights to Bocas del Toro will increase from three to four a day, while during holidays, bridge days and weekends the frequency will increase to five or six daily flights.
The direct flights from Panama to Pedasí, Los Santos will be three times a week; on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. “This new route will give an economic boost to Pedasi, bringing local and international holidaymakers to enjoy the tourist attractions that can be found in the area,” said Eduardo Stagg, Air Panama general manager.
Stagg added that the decision to increase the frequencies and the fleet was due to the increasing demand of people who want to travel to these destinations and also because from March 30 the airline will have a direct route from San Jose, Costa Rica to Bocas del Toro, with weekly flights on Thursday and Sunday.
“With these new flights we are implementing our growth plan in the region by strengthening our holiday offer connecting both destinations and giving the US, Canadian and European wholesalers the opportunity to offer multi destinations packages,” said Stagg
Maru Galvez, Air Panama executive, said that currently the airline transports around 400 people daily to Bocas del Toro and 70% of them are foreigners.
“People choose Bocas del Toro as a tourist destination because of its diversity: culture, gastronomy, beaches, ecology, among other attractions,” said Gustavo Him, Panama Tourism Authority administrator.
Bocas del Toro has become one of the most visited places in the country, with the number of tourists increasing every year.
Air Panama is the second biggest national airline of Panama. Its headquarters are located in the Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport. It offers charter and commercial flights to different areas of Panama, as well as to San Jose, Costa Rica, Medellín and Armenia in Colombia.