Mar 03, 2016: Lufthansa commenced its new non-stop service between Frankfurt and Panama City. Flight LH 484 departed from Frankfurt (FRA) and is scheduled to arrive at the Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen in Panama City (PTY). Lufthansa will be operating a five-times-weekly service on the new route all year round.
Panama is an ideal starting point for exploring various Central American countries and the islands of the Caribbean. And in this regard, Lufthansa’s new bilateral codeshare agreement with Copa Airlines, one of Central America’s leading air carrier, which is based in Panama City, offers a wide range of advantageous onward travel options.
Under the new codeshare accord, Lufthansa travellers can fly on with Star Alliance partner Copa Airlines from Panama City to any of 73 further destinations in Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and Costa Rica, many of them bookable under Lufthansa flight numbers. In return, Copa Airlines customers gain access to the global network of the Lufthansa Group, which currently extends to 261 destinations in 101 countries.
Since both partner airlines are members of Star Alliance, their customers can also earn and redeem miles on both carriers under the ConnectMiles and Miles & More programmes. As a further benefit of the new partnership, Lufthansa travellers can check their baggage right through to their final Copa Airlines destination, obtain all their boarding passes for the trip at their first airport of departure and enjoy lounge access at Panama City Airport.
While Panama City is a new addition to the Lufthansa route network, the Lufthansa Group is no stranger there. LSG Sky Chefs opened a state-of-the-art new production facility at Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen in March 2014, replacing the previous facility, which had been in use since 1963. The new development is part of a broader airport expansion that has been prompted by the substantial growth in passenger numbers in the last few years.