Air Panama, originally known as Parsa in 1980, is an airline based in Panama. It is the second largest airline in Panama - just behind Copa Airlines. Since 1999, the airline has been based at Albrook Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport in Panama and flies to nineteen airports regularly - most of these are domestic, within Panama, as well as one regular scheduled international route to Costa Rica and three to Colombia. In 2005, the airline changed its name to Air Panama.
Despite a reduction in service during the coronavirus pandemic, the airline is operational with safety measure in place to protect passengers and staff.
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Fly domestically with Air Panama, or fly internationally to Panama with airlines including American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, and KLM, among others. Find out more below.
Top Tip: If you're looking to fly within Panama, for more travel advice, take a look at our guide to domestic flights within Panama.
Depending on your ticket type, there will be different baggage allowance rules that you'll need to follow when flying with Air Panama.
All passengers are entitled to a piece of a carry-on item weighing no more than 4kg, as well as a personal item such as a laptop, a camera, a briefcase.
Prohibited items are not allowed onboard including any fluid/gel exceeding 100ml. Any fluid/gel must be placed in a plastic bag for security check.
Baggage allowance will be confirmed at the time of booking - if it is possible to add more baggage to your booking, this option will also be offered.
The baggage allowance will depend on the ticket fare purchased. Passengers who have purchased a lower ticket fare will only have carry-on baggage included in the price of their ticket. Passengers who have purchased a higher ticket fare will be allowed one piece of 23kg checked baggage. Any additional weight above 23kg can be added with a fee. In all circumstances, no individual bag can exceed 32kg.
Passengers who have purchased a basic fare can still add baggage to their booking, either during or after making their reservation.
Online check-in and airport check-in options are available for flights with Air Panama. Keep reading to find out the opening and closing times for check-in.
Online check-in is available on the airline website. It's available between 24 hours to 2 hours before the scheduled departure time. Passengers are advised to check in online to save time at the airport.
Online check-in can be completed with the booking reference and the passenger travel details. Travellers' boarding passes can be obtained once online check-in is completed.
Online check-in is not available for unaccompanied minors, standby passengers, passenger requiring assistant, etc. These passengers must check-in at the airport.
Passengers without online check-in are recommended to arrive at the airport two hours before the scheduled departure time. Otherwise, passengers can arrive at the airport an hour before the scheduled departure time. However, passengers are always advised to arrive earlier to avoid missing the check-in deadline.
The only cabin class available on Air Panama flights is Economy Class.
Economy Class is Air Panama's only cabin class. There are a number of different fare types available in Economy Class, named 'econo', 'econo plus' and 'premium'. These fares give different levels of flexibility in regards to changes and cancellations, but don't make a difference to the in-flight experience.
The airline provides a basic yet effective service that has all you need to have an enjoyable flight.
The airline has an expertly trained cabin crew that is welcoming and friendly. The crew serve drinks and light snacks free of charge and attend to any other needs upon request.
Entertainment: There is no in-flight entertainment system on any of the airline's flights.
WiFi: There is no onboard WiFi available.
The seat you experience will depend on the aircraft you are flying on. For example, the Fokker 50 planes will have seats set up in a 2 x 2 formation, with a 32-inch pitch and 17inch seat width. On the Boeing 737-300, seats are arranged as 3 x 3, with a 31-inch pitch and 17 inches for the seat width.
There is no meal service provided as flights are short-haul. However, snacks and cold drinks are served, depending on the aircraft and route being operated. Passengers are welcome to bring their own snacks with them onto the aircraft.
No frequent flyer program is available for Air Panama.
The airline is not part of an airline alliance.
If you require special assistance, when making a reservation you can report your requirment, in order to ensure that the airline and both airports can meet your needs. You can complete the special request form at the time of booking, or contact our customer service team. When you arrive at the airport, two to three hours before, you must request immediate attention for your condition.
If you require a wheelchair, it can be used up to the door of the plane, before being stowed in the freight hold of the aircraft. No additional fees will apply, unless your condition will require you to occupy more than one seat in the aircraft.
Infants under 2 years are considered infants and do not need their own seats. This must be made clear at the time of booking. But on international flights, babies will be charged 10% on the published fare. Infants who require seats must travel with a ticket (child rate), which is equivalent to 75% of the adult rate.
International Flights: Transportation of pets on international flights is not allowed.
Pets are permitted to fly on domestic flights. Additional fees and full terms and conditions will apply.
The airline flies to destinations in the Guna Yala region on the airfields of Achutupo (ACU), Corazon de Jesus (CZJ), El Porvenir (PVE), Malatupo (MPP), Playón Chico (PYC) and Puerto Obaldía (PUE). Most of these flights take place on very small, domestic aircraft that can only accommodate about 20 passengers.
Make sure you book well in advance and bear in mind that dates may be sporadic for less popular routes. Flights take no more than a couple of hours to reach the picturesque paradise of the San Blas.
In addition to regular scheduled flights to the domestic destinations above, the airline also operates seasonal flights. As well as flying to domestic destinations, the airline also operates regular flights to many international destinations.
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Albrook 'Marcos A.Gelabert' International airport is an airport located in Panama City and is the hub airport for Air Panama. The airline is the only airline to offer scheduled passenger services to and from the airport, with Arrendamientos Aéros also offering charter services from Albrook International.
The airport itself is small, with one terminal building. The runway doesn't stretch further than 230 metres. Albrook International is well-connected to Panama's public transport network, with regular connections to buses and the metro system.
The main airport in Panama is Panama City Tocumen Airport. Air Panama doesn't currently fly to/from this airport. Panama City Tocumen Airport is currently a hub for Copa Airlines, another airline offering flights around the Americas.
Air Panama's fleet is constantly adapting and changing but currently consists of the following aircraft:
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