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Cheap Airline Tickets To Panama | Best Flights to Panama City

Updated on February 22, 2011

Travelers to Panama from the USA are in for a pleasant surprise. There are a number of cheap flights to Panama City from cities across the USA. The airline, COPA Airlines is based in Panama and this is their hub city for Latin American flights. All of the major US airlines and a discount carrier fly to Panama and there are some very good deals on airfare.

Travel search engine sites and travel aggregators like Travelocity, Mobissimo, Low Fares and Trip Base aggressively advertise “Cheap Airline Tickets to Panama City”.

Tips to Find Discount Flights to Panama City, Panama

  • Travel aggregators - these travel websites are becoming more popular as they save time in the search for the lowest airfare. They are great tools, saving the traveler from leaping back and forth from one website to the other to compare prices. In just one search, they compare all of the travel search engine websites.

  • Flexible travel dates - if you have some flexibility in your travel dates, take advantage of the search engines ability to search for multiple travel dates to find the cheapest flights to Panama. Many of the sites let you input a date range that can span a few days to several months.

  • Miami and Fort Lauderdale Florida are the best cities for cheap flights to Panama. Geographically it is the closest city from the US and possibly due to the large percentage of Pan Americans living in the Miami area.

  • Best days of the week to fly to Panama - you'll get the best airfare deals if you fly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Weekends are generally the most expensive days to fly. Try to stay over a Saturday and you generally find the cheapest airline tickets.

Airlines with Non-Stop Flights From the USA to Panama

The airline with the most direct flights to Panama City is COPA Airlines hands down. COPA is the country's flag carrier airline. COPA fly to 24 countries throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. This is their hub city and all COPA flights to other Latin American destinations connect at the Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

Other Airlines with non-stop flights from the US:

  • American Airlines have non-stop flights from Dallas Texas (DFW) and Miami (MIA).
  • Continental Airlines have non-stop flights from multiple cities.
  • Delta Air Lines from Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Spirit Air fly direct from Fort Lauderdale
  • United Airlines have non-stop flights from multiple cities.

American Airlines Fly to Panama City
American Airlines Fly to Panama City

Airlines with Connecting Service

In addition to the airlines with non-stop flights, you can book connecting flights from the US on the following airlines:

  • Avianca - Colombia's flag carrier airline – connections in Bogota.
  • LACSA - Costa Rica's flag carrier airline – connections in San Jose.
  • TACA - El Salvador's flag carrier airline – connections in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Non-Stop Flights From Canada

Unfortunately, at this time, there are no direct flights from Toronto's Pearson International Airport – YYZ to Panama City's Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Air Transat and Sunwing Airlines have seasonal flights to Panama. Check their websites for more information.

Connecting Flights From Canada

There are a number of connecting flights to PTY from Toronto and other cities in Canada. The most popular connection for one stop flights is Houston, Texas.

Through code sharing agreements with other airlines, you can book a flight with Air Canada to Panama.

Westjet Flights to Panama

There are no flights to PTY with Westjet. However, WestJet do fly to Fort Lauderdale Florida which is the hub for the ultra discount carrier Spirit Airlines. One of the cheapest flight options for flights from Canada to Panama is to fly with West Jet from any of their Canadian departure points to Fort Lauderdale and then fly the rest of the way on Spirit Air. This is an option I have used in the past for flights to Costa Rica from Vancouver, Canada and it would work equally as well for Panama City.

The Tocumen International Airport - PTY

Tocumen is the busiest airport in Central America and is also the only airport in Central America with 2 runways. The airport is 15 miles or 24 kilometers from the city. The airport handles close to 5 million passengers per year. The city in the US receiving the most passengers from PTY is Miami Florida.

Flight Codes For US Departures

City / State
Airport Code
Airport Name
Atlanta, GA
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Boston, MA
Logan International Airport
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Chicago. IL
Chicago O'Hare International Airport
Cincinnati, OH
Greater Cincinnati Airport
Dallas, TX
Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport
Denver, CO
Denver International Airport
Detroit, MI
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport
Houston, TX
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Las Vegas, NV
McCarran International Airport
Little Rock, AR
Little Rock National Airport
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles International Airport
Miami, FL
Miami International Airport
Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis - Saint Paul International Airport
New York, NY
John F. Kennedy International Airport
New York, NY
LaGuardia Airport
Newark, NJ
Newark Liberty International Airport
Oakland, CA
Oakland International Airport
Orlando, FL
Orlando International Airport
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia International Airport
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Portland, OR
Portland International Airport
Sacramento, CA
Sacramento International Airport
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City International Airport
San Diego, CA
San Diego International Airport
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco International Airport
Seattle, WA
Seattle - Tacoma International Airport
Tampa, FL
Tampa International Airport
Washington DC
Washington Dulles International Airport

Flight Codes For Canadian Departure Cities

City / Province
Airport Code
Airport Name
Calgary Alberta
Calgary International Airport
Charlottetown PE
Charlottetown Airport
Edmonton Alberta
Edmonton International Airport
Fredericton NB
Fredericton International Airport
Halifax NS
Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Kelowna BC
Kelowna International Airport
Montreal QC
Montreal Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport
Ottawa ON
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
Regina SK
Regina International Airport
Saskatoon SK
Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport
St. John's NL
St. John's International Airport
Toronto ON
Toronto Pearson International Airport
Vancouver BC
Vancouver International Airport
Victoria BC
Victoria International Airport
Winnipeg MB
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport


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