Joining the list of nations that are flying direct to and from Panama, Turkish Airlines will now destine direct flights beginning in February of 2016. Officials at Tocumen Airport (PTY- Panama) informs us that the airline will be using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with an initial frequency of three flights a week.
The flights bound for Panama are scheduled to arrive at 19:00 local time (00:00 GMT) while the return flight is scheduled for 21:00 local time (0200 GMT) to Istanbul, in a direct path to surpass 13 hours, according to official data.
According to Operations Manager, Claudio Dutary, Turkish Airlines initially configured an Istanbul-Bogota, Bogota-Panama route, while the return itinerary will be a direct route between Tocumen International Airport and Istanbul, but this may change.
Dutary further stated that, “Turkish Airlines joins Lufthansa and Emirates Airlines, which are scheduled to start operations at Tocumen International Airport in the first quarter of next year. The new flights of Turkish, Lufthansa and Emirates make an important contribution to a growth rate of 9.5% in annual traffic at Tocumen Airport, which will thus reinforce its position as the regional hub in Latin America.”
Emirates Airline announced last week that it will operate the longest direct flight in the world linking Panama City and Dubai starting from February 1. The flight will travel 13 thousand 821 kilometers in 17 hours and 35 minutes which will exceed the record time set by Australian airline Qantas Airways between Sidney, Australia and Dallas, Texas (USA), which so far has been the longest direct path in the world.
There are other air carriers that are joining this list of Direct Flights such as Air Canada. We will keep you posted.