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Turkish Airlines announces direct flights to Panama starting in October

20 September 2022
Turkish Airlines announces direct flights to Panama starting in October

Turkish Airlines, the national airline of Turkey, based in Istanbul, announced the start of direct flights to Panama City from October 30, 2022.

The daily services offered by Turkish Airlines on the Istanbul-Bogota-Panama-Istanbul route will be extended from October 30 with three (3) weekly direct flights between Tocumen International Airport in Panama City and Istanbul International Airport in Turkey , on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, thus going from seven (7) to ten (10) weekly flights.

Raffoul Arab, general manager of the Tocumen International Airport, celebrated the increase in flights by Turkish Airlines, and said "that the company's decision confirms the confidence in the Panamanian market, making our country the preferred connection in America, which that contributes to the tourist, economic and social development of Panama”.

 The flights are operated on a Boeing 787-900 "Dreamliner" aircraft, with a capacity of 300 passengers, configured: 30 in business class and 270 in economy class, considered one of the most advanced aircraft for its fuel efficiency and maximum flexibility.

About Tocumen, S.A.

Tocumen, S.A. is a company 100% owned by the Panamanian State, created by Law 23 of January 29, 2003. It is regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority and meets the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It self-manages its income, contributes to the State, to the Tourism Authorities of Panama, Civil Aeronautics; to the National Commission for the Prevention of Crimes of Sexual Exploitation (CONAPREDES), and is subject to the general laws and regulations applicable to public institutions in the country.

 It is responsible for the operation and administration of the Tocumen International Airport, the main gateway to and from Panama and the region's air hub. It also manages and operates a cargo terminal and the Enrique Malek regional terminals in Chiriquí; Panama Pacific, in West Panama; Scarlett Martínez in the Province of Coclé and Enrique Jiménez in the Province of Colón.

It may have taken a long while, but the Central American gem of Panama has finally lifted all of its Covid travel restrictions, which kept thousands of travelers from visiting during the pandemic. Essentially, they have returned their pre-2020 entry guidelines, allowing for the resumption of normal tourism. As of this week, everyone is welcome, vaccinated or not.




  • No entry restrictions.
  • Travelers do not have to present negative test results.


It is not necessary to wear masks outdoors or indoors. The use of a mask is only mandatory in:

  • ​Public transport
  • People working or handling food
  • Public or private health facilities

We encourage all travelers to respect the social distance of 2 meters.

Business meetings are admitted with 100% capacity, if all participants have their vaccination card complete.


  • We encourage all travelers to check travel restrictions of your destination country and airport.
  • COVID-19 testing is available for Departing Passengers from Tocumen International Airport.
  • The center is open from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
  • The cost of the COVID-19 rapid test is $50.00 USD and the result takes around 40 minutes.
  • The service is first come, first serve, so we encourage all passengers that want to get tested to arrive with enough time before their flight.

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