On 3 December, Denver Airport celebrated with a cake and a ribbon cutting ceremony the launch of United Airlines’ daily flights to Panama City. Addressing the audience shortly before the airline’s first departure is Steve Jaquith, MD Denver base, United.
The same day, United Airlines touched down at Panama City, where it was welcomed with traditional Panamanian dances and music. Marking the achievement is Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver.
- United Airlines expanded its international network with the addition of two new services during the course of last week, both of which are operated daily. Firstly on 3 December, the Star Alliance member started flights on its third route to Panama City (PTY), this time from Denver, CO (DEN) using its 118-seat 737-700s. United is already flying to the capital and largest city of the Republic of Panama from New York Newark (nine times weekly) and Houston Intercontinental (17 times weekly). Secondly, the FSC launched 214-seat 767-300 operations to its first destination in Chile, to Santiago (SCL) from Houston Intercontinental, TX (IAH) on 7 December. None of the new additions will face direct competition from any carrier. Commenting on the new route to Panama, Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver, said: “Panama City is a gateway between Colorado and South America, and this new route will provide increased connectivity for passengers as well as tremendous economic benefits to Denver and the entire state. Estimates show that the Denver-Panama City service will generate $35 million to $40 million in annual economic impact to the State of Colorado and support more than 400 new jobs.”