Lufthansa will not resume flights to Panama until 2021.

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The German airline Lufthansa will not resume flights between Panama and Frankfurt for now, according to information on flight itineraries confirmed by company sources in Central America.

Spokespersons informed the newspaper La Prensa that “due to the continuation of the suspension of commercial flights at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, and the lack of regional demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Lufthansa confirms that it will not resume flights between Frankfurt and Panama City in the remaining weeks of this year’s summer season, nor in the upcoming winter season of 2020-2021,” which ends in late March 2021.

They indicated that although the controlled air interconnection mini hub was opened, allowing passengers arriving at the Panamanian terminal to stop over for up to six hours and continue to some destinations; the flow of passengers and connectivity is too low to return to regular operation. In addition, there are restrictions on travel to several countries in the region, including Panama where only nationals and residents with a negative PCR test from Covid-19 can enter. Or the alerts in some European Union countries not to travel to Panama.

“Lufthansa Group will continue to monitor market development and demand by 2021,” company spokespersons said, noting that if the situation improves they will reactivate flights sooner. Lufthansa operated six weekly flights to and from Panama.

“People who had tickets purchased or booked to and from Panama will be re-accommodated according to the general cancellation policy. They will be given a new travel option with partner airlines if possible or will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

By Reyna Katiuska Hernández – La Prensa