Logistical Factors

Why Panama
Air - Tocumen Airport is located along a modern highway (Southern Corridor) only 15 minutes’ drive from Panama City centre. Marcos A. Gelabert is an alternative airport, also located near the capital city and offers national and international flights.

The international airport is known as performing an expansion of its capacity and stepped forward to build a South terminal by 2012, which was scheduled for 2025. This project exceeds $ 400 million.

The airport currently has assets exceeding $ 500 million, provides airport services to 74 airlines with more than 8,000 transactions per month, serving over 5 million passengers a year.

The airport’s growth has also been accompanied by strong investment by the Panamanian airline Copa, which for 2011 features 59 destinations, 73 aircraft and 6468 employees. The company is projecting that in 2013 these figures will change as follows 90 aircraft, 70 destinations and 7619 employees.

At present direct flights are not yet available to Tocumen Airport from Europe and the USA, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines direct flights from Amsterdam Airport (Schipol) to Tocumen Airport, with three weekly non-stop flights.
  • American Airlines –direct flights from Miami with connections from Italy, UK,Germany, France, Belgium, Spain and Japan 
  • Delta Airlines –direct flights from various North American cities and connections from Italy, UK, Germany, France, Belgium, and Spain 
  • Iberia Airlines –direct flights from New York and Miami with connections from Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Holland, UK and France KLM, Iberia and American Airlines – connections from London Heathrow 
  • Continental Airlines – from Gatwick via Newark, New Jersey
  • Delta Airlines - via Cincinnati
  • Virgin Atlantic - via JFK Airport
  • British Airways - via Atlanta Airport

Rail - The 143 year-old Kansas City Railroad and Mi-Jan runs 47 miles, parallel to the Panama Canal. It was the first transcontinental railroad and today it is still a very important means of transport. Recently restored and fully modernized, it will provide an efficient means of transport for the purposes of enhancing world trade and transportation.

USD 90 million worth of rail improvements on the Transisthmus Line by concessionaires, Kansas City Southern Industries and Mi-Jack Products, will enable inter-modal transporters to move a container from one ocean to the other in just 45 minutes.

Road - With a modern highway network of some 11,300 km, Panama is an easy country to get around. Major highways include the Pan-American Highway, the Northern and Southern Corridor and the Madden Colon Freeway.

Bus - The highway bus system is advanced and highly efficient in Panama. Modern, air-conditioned buses will link you to just about any destination, often avoiding the need to hire a car. The large Albrook Mall terminal in Panama City is an impressive sight, also taking the form of a shopping mall. Fares are low (approx USD 1 per hour travelled), however from Tocumen Airport, expect to pay a good deal more (minimum USD 20).

The new high-capacity Mercedes Benz and Volvo buses will surely change the landscape of Panama City. With far less air and noise pollution, passengers are now provided with a new, clean and comfortable means of public transportation.Panama’s new bus system has 1,200 buses operating on the streets of Panama City. As of April 2011, there were 499 buses operational.

In 2010 plans were approved for a 14.5 km fully automated metro, half of which will be underground. Construction is begun in 2011, completion date: End of 2013. The concession will be managed by Grupo Metro Panamá and engineered by Systra. an extension to Line 1 have already been announced.

Sea - The expansion of the Panama Canal began on 3rd September 2007 and will, when completed, double the capacity of this increasingly congested waterway to 600 million tons per year as well as allow it to handle much larger vessels. The expansion will involve the incorporation of new locks to create a new lane of traffic along the Canal.