Feb 5, 2024 - News

RDU to offer direct flight to Panama City

The Panama City skyline seen from the water

Panama City, Panama. Photo: DEA / V. GIANNELLA / Contributor via Getty Images

Raleigh-Durham International Airport has added another nonstop, overseas destination. Panama City will be the airport's 10th international route.

Why it matters: The Panama City flight promises to provide easier connections to the rest of Latin America, RDU Chief Executive Officer Michael Landguth said at a news conference on Monday.

  • RDU is one of the largest American markets with no direct service to Central or South America, per Landguth.
Nonstop international flights from RDU
Data: Axios Research; Graphic: Rahul Mukherjee/Axios

Details: The Copa Airlines flight to Panama City will begin in June and operate out of Terminal 2 four times per week and on a 160-seat Boeing 737-800.

  • From Panama City, travelers can connect to more than 55 other destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America.

The big picture: The addition of Panama City continues the strong growth the airport experienced last year, serving a record 14.5 million passengers.

  • Last year, the airport added direct flights to Mexico City; Frankfurt, Germany; a daily flight to Iceland; as well as the return of a direct flight to Paris.
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