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International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY), located 15 mi (24 km) east of Panama City. Tocumen is the largest and busiest airport in Panama and Central America by passenger traffic. It serves 31 countries with non-stop flights and is the home airport of Copa Airlines. Direct flights to/from the U.S. include: Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, New York (JFK), Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, Chicago O´Hare, Los Angeles, Washington Dulles and Las Vegas. Canadian cities Montreal and Toronto have direct flights to Panama City. The European cities of Frankfurt, Madrid and Amsterdam are also served. Daily flights to several cities in neighboring Colombia and Costa Rica, as well as many cities in the Americas, make Tocumen very well-connected. Despite the airport´s recent 2006 expansion and renovation, Tocumen still is convenient and maneuverable, with easy, straightforward access of one terminal to drop-off and pick-up passengers, parking, check-in, baggage, customs and more.
Passengers traveling from Costa Rica with AirPanama also have the option of arriving in Panama´s third largest city, David, at Enrique Malek International Airport.
Bocas del Toro Airport (BOC) is located in the town of Bocas and is about a one-hour flight from Panama City. Local travelers and tourists can also fly in and out of Bocas del Toro via Costa Rica.
For travel within Panama, Albrook International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional de Albrook “Marcos A. Gelabert”) in Panama City also services many major cities and towns within Panama, including 2-3 daily flights to David with Air Panama. However, buses, taxis and rental cars are reasonable and secure forms of domestic transportation that make travel within Panama an enjoyable learning experience.