May 10, 2014

United Launches Denver to Panama City Service

Earlier this week, United announced brand new daily, non-stop service from Denver to Panama City (PTY).  Outside of Mexico and Canada, the route to Tokyo (NRT) was the only international route United was serving from Denver so this is exciting news.

City and economic development officials have been working on this route for a long time.  Panama City has been on our list for several years and we've almost pulled the trigger (previous United options would have routed through Houston) on a trip a few times so this is an exciting development. The route will be served by a 737-700 with 118 seats - 12 in United First and 106 in Economy.  There will be 40 E+ seats so 52 of the 106 are "premium" seats.  This will also be a great way to get from Denver to other South American destinations as Star Alliance partner connects to over 30 cities from Panama City.

The is expected to begin November 2nd after receiving government approval.  As a reminder, round trip saver award tickets go for 35,000 miles in Economy and 60,000 in First.  I haven't seen the flight times yet but this route clocks in at about 6h30m so I would expect at least one direction to be a redeye.

This is a great development for Denver and United and I hope to try this route in 2015!

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