DENVER (CBS4) – United Airlines passengers flying out of Denver International Airport will soon be flying to Panama nonstop.
The airline announced the new service on Wednesday with help from Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and United Airlines managing director Steve Jaquith.
“This new route will provide a link between the premier connecting hub in North America at DIA with Panama City, the business and economic capital of Central America,” said Jaquith. “Our new service to Panama City will also provide access to over 20 additional connecting markets in Central and South America via our strategic partners Copa Airlines.”
United will begin flying to Panama City on Dec. 3. Flights will operate daily November through August and then five times weekly in September and October.
“This will strengthen DIA’s position as a global hub and international competitor,” said Hancock. “Nearly 350 people a day travel between DIA and South America.”
Hickenlooper believes this nonstop service will allow more people to experience all that Panama City has to offer.
“It is one of the unrecognized gems of this hemisphere. In terms of a gateway to all of South America, not just to Panama, but Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina, the airport in Panama City is probably as good as it gets, maybe not as large as Mexico City but much easier to navigate,” said Hickenlooper.
“This Panama City route will open a gateway to Central and South America,” said Jaquith.
United with operate the service with Boeing 737-700 aircraft with 118 seats, 12 in United Business and 106 in United Economy including 40 Economy Plus extra-legroom seats.
“We already look forward to increased tourism, cultural and business connections this new service will provide,” said Hancock. “United’s Denver-Panama City service will generate some $35 to $40 million in annual economic impact in the state of Colorado.”