President Juan Carlos Varela has officially signed a resolution authorizing Copa Airlines to begin two direct daily flights after January 15 from the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City to the Enrique Malek Airport in David.

Previously people living in David and the Boquete areas of Panama had to drive or take a bus at least 7 hours to the Tocumen Airport or fly into the Albrook Airport and take a taxi to the Tocumen Airport for international flights. The announcement of this new route means that people will be able to fly directly the David airport to Tocumen and connect to their flight to the U.S. or wherever else they may be heading.

Besides this being a benefit to the people living in David it should also help to boost tourism in this party of the country.


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  1. Joey Bonura Reply

    Yeah it's not a true international flight. But for the first time people will be able to book a flight from David to New York for example and connect through the Tocumen airport.

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