Panama initiates formal dialogue with German airline
Although the German airline Lufthansa was expected to arrive in Panama back in 2010, it is not until now that formal negotiations between the airline and Panamanian authorities will begin.
Last week, the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) sent a formal invitation to the directors of the company, inviting them to learn more about the country and the expansion currently taking place at the Tocumen International Airport.
An important step in the process is the alliance that Lufthansa could establish with Panamanian airline Copa, with the aim, through the hub at Tocumen, of allowing the German company to reach markets in Latin America that are currently not covered.
Last year, Lufthansa carried 60 million passengers, 5 percent more than in 2009.
If the arrival of Lufthansa to Panama is formalized, it would join another German company, Condor, which has been offering a weekly flight between Frankfurt and Panama since November 2010.