Air Panama began scheduled flights in and out of Pedasi last Friday. The flights originate from Allbrook into our new airport on the edge of town. There’s no flight schedule posted on the website yet but the airline flies Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flight times are the same for all days, leave Panama 15:00 arrive Pedasi 15:50, depart Pedasi 16:00 arrive Panama 16:50.
Here’s a sample of pricing:
For comparison I checked out WestJet flights from Edmonton to Calgary.
If we were to drive from Edmonton to Calgary it would take 3.5 hours on a highway that is two lanes all the way. If we were to drive from Pedasi to Panama it would take 4.5 hours on mostly two lanes all the way, depending on what areas narrow to one lane for construction, or weed whacking, or line painting, or line painting, or etc. etc. I also did the comparison with the exchange rate the Air Panama rate would be $215.50 CAD, still a $153.31 difference.
By my evaluation the Air Panama flight cost is pretty reasonable and it will certainly cut down on the travel time for those who wish to use it. The one problem is that one must get from Tocumen Airport to Allbrook, that’s another $30.00 to $35.00 for the cab ride. But if you can work the international arrival in with the Air Panama flight you’re saving the cost of a night’s stay in the city so it’s a trade-off.
Added domestic flights to our area means there’s a need for them. Hopefully there will be enough passengers keep the flights going. I’ve also heard that the car rental agencies in Chitre can bring a rental to Pedasi if you wish. So if you’re thinking about coming for a visit to the campo, keep the Air Panama option in mind. And I guess SU and I are going to have to arrange our Happy Hour Sunset Watching on the Runway around the new flight schedule.