Turkish Airlines Will Now Operate Direct Flights to Panama

Image from www.airbus.com

Image from www.airbus.com

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. Continue reading

Now Dubai’s Emirates Airline to Fly Non Stop to Panama

EmiratesairlinesThis was great news for all travelers to and from the Royal Emirates to Panama.  I just had to re-print it here from this article.

“Dubai (AFP) – Dubai’s Emirates Airline announced Thursday it will launch the world’s “longest non-stop flight” in February from the bustling Gulf emirate to Panama City, lasting more than 17 hours.
The carrier will fly daily to Panama’s capital in a passenger flight operated by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft which can also carry up to 15 tonnes of cargo, Emirates said in a statement. Continue reading

VivaColombia, New Competition for Panama’s Travel Industry

VivaColombia- sleek and modern aircraft.

VivaColombia- sleek and modern aircraft.

The seating seems comfortable and roomy by industry standards.

The seating seems comfortable and roomy by industry standards. traveladept.com

Panamanians and all those who reside in Panama have new options to visit other countries now. While in recent years Panama has added air routes to Spain and France, the window now opens to incorporate growth flights to nearby destinations like Colombia. Competition is most assuredly showing an impact on rates, making them more accessible for travelers.  Continue reading

COPA Airlines Initiates Flights to Georgetown and Fort Lauderdale

copa-airlinesCOPA Airlines (Compañia Panameña de Aviación), subsidiary of Copa Holdings, SA, and member of the global airline network Star Alliance, began its direct flights to the cities of Georgetown (Guyana) and Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA), from its Hub of the Americas International Airport Tocumen on July 11, 2014, connecting with their services along the American continent. Continue reading

Bell Park View Guest House

This is a view of the cozy Gazeba where guests may relax during the day or night and enjoy a moment's repasse.

This is a view of the cozy Gazeba where guests may relax during the day or night and enjoy a moment’s peace.

As we discussed in our previous post, the increasing preference for hostel accomodation in Panama has created more excitement and enthusiasm about traveling to our Isthmus; indeed it has made travel here more affordable when tourists overseas were just beginning to think that Panama was out of their reach. Continue reading

Hostels: The Preferred Lodging in Panama

Here is a relativel new edition to the growing numbers of high rise 4-5 star hotels in Panama.

Here is a relativel new edition to the growing numbers of high rise 4-5 star hotels in Panama.

Bell Parkview Guest House has a much more approachable and friendly attitude towards their guests-

Bell Parkview Guest House has a much more approachable and friendly attitude towards their guests.

February is Carnaval month in Panama, as many returning tourits know worldwide, and it is as good a time as any to discuss the topic of finding lodging in Panama, especially Panama City. Panama is in the midst of an enormous commercial growth, 11% as reported by our governmental agencies, and part of it is the dizzying building boom particularly in upscale, multi-story (high rise) hotels. Continue reading

More Than Just a Cruise

Port Charlotte, Florida is home to an organization of Panamanians that has been operating as the Sociedad Panameña de Port Charlotte for nearly twenty years.  The group, headed by Tyrone and Yolanda Peters, offers its members a unique opportunity every year to board a cruise ship and “return home” for Patriot month- November- to partake of and enjoy the festivities. Continue reading