CAL Airline Studies Flights to Panama

President Ricardo Martinelli has offered the state airline of Trinidad and Tobago facilities for starting operations in Panama.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Panamanian leader promised to grant a license to the airline of Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Airlines (CAL), as a gesture of reciprocity for allowing Copa Airlines to make direct flights to the Caribbean island.

"CAL is more than inclined (to take on the route). Financial problems have to be taken into account in CAL’s business operations. They are not insurmountable, and (this route) will be part of CAL’s improvement," said the Transport Minister Trinidad, Devant Maharaj, as reported by

During the Caribbean Investment Forum which was held on the island, Martinelli met with Maharaj, the President of Caribbean Airlines Rabindra Moonan, and other officials.

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More Competition in Regional Aviation Market

December 2014

With the entry of two competitors focusing on the business of low-cost fares, the airline market in Central America is preparing for a potential price war.

Panama has become the starting point for tourists looking to travel to the rest of Central America, where new airlines want to capitalize on a market which so far has been driven Copa Airlines and Avianca.

COPA announces new destinations

August 2008

Starting December, Copa Airlines will fly to Valencia in Venezuela, Oranjestad in Aruba and Santa Cruz in Bolivia.

Along with previously announced destinations of Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago, and Belo Horizonte in Brazil, the airline will end the year with five new destinations in its network.

Panama: Dispute Over Local Air Market

December 2014

Copa Airlines is venturing into the local market flying a twice daily route between Tocumen and David with rates $100 cheaper than those of Air Panama, which is being threatened by the international airline.

51% of local air traffic is represented by the internal route between Panama and David, which until now was serviced only by the airline Air Panama, but soon the business will be shared with Copa Airlines, which requested authorization to operate the route with two daily flights.

Copa Increases Flights to Cuba

June 2010

In July, Copa Airlines will increase the frequency of its daily flights between Panama and Cuba.

The company announced it will operate up to 5 daily frequencies between Panama and José Martí International Airport in La Habana, due to increased demand. reported that Copa will serve the route using airplanes capable of flying between 124 and 155 passengers.

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