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Panama is a republic in Central America, located on the narrow strip of land that connects North and South America. Panama is crossed by mountain ranges, covered with large areas of rain forest, and bounded by two long coastlines studded with islands and bays. At several places it spans less than a hundred miles from its Atlantic coastline to its Pacific shores. Most of its people and economic activity are located in the central region surrounding the Panama Canal, the major waterway that has played a decisive role in the country's history. Panama City, the capital and largest city, is on the Pacific coast in this central zone.
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February 10, 2017Aero Taxi Internacional SA was founded on 21Jul1990 [added]
February 10, 2017LAPSA (Lineas Aéreas de Panama) was used as a cover by Israeli agents in the USA during late 1947/early 1948 [status change]
February 9, 2017SACA (Compañía de Servicios Aereos del Canajagua Azul SA) was formed on 25Feb1955 in Las Tablas, head of the Province of Los Santos [added]

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Operating DatesStatus

Actividades Aéreas Chiricanas  added in 2017

1946* - 1947*Status?

^ Comments : Actividades Aéreas Chiricanas was founded on 27Feb1946

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ADSA (Aerovias Darienitas)   

1978* - 1979*Status?

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Aero - Mapiex Aero   

1985 - dateActive

^ Comments : Aero - Mapiex Aero was founded in 1981, selling of expendable/spare parts for the local aeronautical market. In 1985, Mapiex started managing commercial charter flights

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Aero Facilidades   

**** - ****Status?

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Aero Palmas International Airlines   

**** - ****Status?

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Aero Química  added in 2017

1958* - 1959*Status?

^ Comments : Olmedo Alfaro, Raúl Arias Espinosa and Harmodio Arias Jr. founded Aero Química on 15Mar1958

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Aero Taxi Internacional SA  added in 2017

1990* - 1991*Status?

^ Comments : Aero Taxi Internacional SA was founded on 21Jul1990 & its directors were: George F. Novey III, Carlos Díaz Jaén, Beatriz De Roux and Eduardo Stagg

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Aero Turbo Panama   

1982* - 1983*Status?

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Aerofletes International (AFISA)   

1974* - 1989Inactive

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Aerolineas Islas de las Perlas  updated in 2017

1970 - 1987*Renamed

^ Comments : [AeroPerlas was founded in Jun1970 as Aerolíneas Islas de las Perlas and started operations shortly after. Aeroperlas absorbed part of the fleet in 1995 of Alas Chircanas .On 29Feb2012, Aeroperlas ceased full operations. However on 06Mar2012, however, Aeroperlas made its last official scheduled flight from Tocumen Airport to Bocas del Toro, thus ending 41 years of operation]

^ Genealogy : Aerolineas Islas de las Perlas >AeroPerlas

Aerolineas Urraca   

**** - ****Status?

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Aeronaves de Panama   

**** - ****Status?

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AeroPerlas (Aerolineas Pacifico Atlantico)  updated in 2017

1987* - 2012Inactive

^ Comments : AeroPerlas was founded in Jun1970 as Aerolíneas Islas de las Perlas and started operations shortly after. Aeroperlas absorbed part of the fleet in 1995 of Alas Chircanas .On 29Feb2012, Aeroperlas ceased full operations. However on 06Mar2012, however, Aeroperlas made its last official scheduled flight from Tocumen Airport to Bocas del Toro, thus ending 41 years of operation

^ Genealogy : Aerolíneas Islas de las Perlas >AeroPerlas

AeroTaxi   

**** - ****Status?

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Aerovias Internacional Balboa SA (Balboa Airlines)   

1966* - 1966*Status?

^ Comments : Aerovias International Balboa SA (Balboa Airlines) was previously known as Aerovias Transcaribe SA, is a scheduled cargo carrier serving points in South and Central America

^ Genealogy : Aerovias Transcaribe >Aerovias Internacional Balboa

Aerovías Nacionales  added in 2017

1932 - 1941Inactive

^ Comments : In 1932 Captain Enrique Malek, considered the father of commercial aviation, founded the first airline Aerovías Nacionales

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Aerovias PanaVen   

1962* - 1966*Inactive

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Aerovias Transcaribe   

**** - ****Renamed

^ Comments : Aerovias International Balboa SA (Balboa Airlines) was previously known as Aerovias Transcaribe SA, is a scheduled cargo carrier serving points in South and Central America

^ Genealogy : Aerovias Transcaribe >Aerovias Internacional Balboa

AGSA (Aviación General SA)  added in 2017

1949* - 1950*Status?

^ Comments : AGSA (Aviación General SA) was founded on 11Sep1949

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Air Panama  updated in 2017

2005 - dateActive

^ Comments : Air Panama was founded in 1980 as PARSA, though certain services were operated as Turismo Aéreo. In 2005, the Air Panama trademark rights were acquired. The name had been unused since the demise of Air Panamá Internacional in Jan1990, and PARSA formally adopted the new name that year

^ Genealogy : TASA (Turismo Aereo SA) & PARSA >Air Panama

Air Panama International   

1969 - 1990Inactive

^ Comments : Air Panamá Internacional was founded in 1969

^ Genealogy : Air Panama Int.

Air Services Cargo   

2002 - 2003Inactive

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Air Transport Gelabert  added in 2017

1933* - 1941Inactive

^ Comments : Gelabert in 1933, founded Air Transport Gelabert, which flew until Dec1941, when all national flights were canceled for safety Of the Panama Canal

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Alas Chircanas  updated in 2017

1980 - 1995Renamed

^ Comments : Alas Chircanas was founded & started operations in 1980. Aeroperlas absorbed part of the fleet in 1995 [AeroPerlas was founded in Jun1970 as Aerolíneas Islas de las Perlas and started operations shortly after. Aeroperlas absorbed part of the fleet in 1995 of Alas Chircanas .On 29Feb2012, Aeroperlas ceased full operations. However on 06Mar2012, however, Aeroperlas made its last official scheduled flight from Tocumen Airport to Bocas del Toro, thus ending 41 years of operation]

^ Genealogy : Alas Chircanas +>AeroPerlas

ANSA (Aerolíneas Nacionales SA)  updated in 2017

1986* - 1987*Status?

^ Comments : On 28Dec1985 by Public Deed # 11963, the company Aerolíneas Nacionales SA (ANSA) was organised by its founders: Captain Rodolfo Tempone, President; Vice-President Aníbal Antonio Aizpurúa; Secretary Manuel Jacinto González

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APA (Aerovias Panama Airways)  updated in 2017

1956 - 1965Renamed

^ Comments : AVISPA was founded on 01Nov1951 as the first Panamanian international cargo carrier, It started operations with a Curtiss C-46 on 14Aug1951, rented in Colombia to transport shrimp from Panama to Miami. Its founding shareholders were Víctor Inchausti and Heraclio Barletta B. The Board of Directors was composed of: Carlos A. De la Guardia, Eloy Benedetti and Rodrigo Arosemena. Renamed to APA (Aerovias Panama Airways) in 1956 & to APASA (Aerovias Panama SA) in 1965

^ Genealogy : AVISPA >APA >APASA

APASA (Aerovias Panama SA)   

1965 - 1966Inactive

^ Comments : AVISPA was founded on 01Nov1951 as the first Panamanian international cargo carrier, It started operations with a Curtiss C-46 on 14Aug1951, rented in Colombia to transport shrimp from Panama to Miami. Its founding shareholders were Víctor Inchausti and Heraclio Barletta B. The Board of Directors was composed of: Carlos A. De la Guardia, Eloy Benedetti and Rodrigo Arosemena. Renamed to APA (Aerovias Panama Airways) in 1956 & to APASA (Aerovias Panama SA) in 1965

^ Genealogy : AVISPA >APA >APASA

Arrow Air Panama  updated in 2017

2005 - 2008Inactive

^ Comments : Arrow Air Panama ceased operations on 18Sep2008. Scheduled and charter operations in Latin America based at Panamá City Tocumen International (PTY)

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ATP Cargo (Aereos Transportada de Panama)   

1986 - 1987Inactive

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Aviatur (Aviacion de Turismo)   

2004* - 2006*Status?

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AVINAL   

**** - ****Status?

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Aviones de Panama   

1978* - 1979*Status?

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AVISPA (Aerovias Interamericanas de Panama)  updated in 2017

1951 - 1956Renamed

^ Comments : AVISPA was founded on 01Nov1951 as the first Panamanian international cargo carrier, It started operations with a Curtiss C-46 on 14Aug1951, rented in Colombia to transport shrimp from Panama to Miami. Its founding shareholders were Víctor Inchausti and Heraclio Barletta B. The Board of Directors was composed of: Carlos A. De la Guardia, Eloy Benedetti and Rodrigo Arosemena. Renamed to APA (Aerovias Panama Airways) in 1956 & to APASA (Aerovias Panama SA) in 1965

^ Genealogy : AVISPA >APA >APASA

Cargo Three Panama (Panama Cargo Three)   

1991 - 2000Inactive

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Caribe Aviacion de Panama   

(****)Unconfirmed

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Chiricana de Aviación  added in 2017

1944* - 1945*Status?

^ Comments : Chiricana de Aviación was founded on 22Jan1944 & was authorized to fly between David and Puerto Armuelles with a Fairchild 24. Then they flew from David to La Chorrera using Avro Anson

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Chitreana de Aviacion  updated in 2017

1978* - 1989*Status?

^ Comments : Captain Alonso Valderrama founded the company Chitreana de Aviación, based in Chitré and started operations from Paitilla to Chitré on 04May1956

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Compañía de Aviación y Turismo SA  added in 2017

1954* - 1955*Status?

^ Comments : Compañía de Aviación y Turismo SA was formed on 09Sep1954. Manuel Spigel and Hermes Carrizo organised the Aviation and Tourism Company SA with two new aircraft HP-187 and 188 Stinson Station Wagon 108-E to operate to all the places of the Republic where there are airstrips

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Compania de Turismo Aereo   

1965* - 1965*Status?

^ Comments : Compania de Turismo Aereo operated charter and taxi services in Central America around 1965

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Compania Interamericana Export-Import   

(****)Unconfirmed

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Cool Air   

(****)Unconfirmed

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COPA Airlines  updated in 2017

1947 - dateActive

^ Comments : Copa Airlines ws founded as the national airline by local investors & Pan Am on 21Jun1944 as Compania Panamena de Aviacion (COPA). Started operations on 15Aug1947. International and regional passenger and cargo airline

^ Genealogy : Compania Panamena de Aviacion >COPA Airlines

DHL Aero Express (Expreso Aereo)   

1996 - dateActive

^ Comments : DHL Aero Express was established in Feb1996 & started operations on 15Aug1996. Added scheduled services on 07Nov1996

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Gray Line Air   

(****)Unconfirmed

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Inair Panama (Internacional de Aviacion)  updated in 2017

1967* - 1985Inactive

^ Comments : Inair Panama (Internacional de Aviacion) was founded in 1967 & was one of the largest cargo carriers in the region. Stopped operating in 1985

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Isthmian Airways  added in 2017

1929 - 1936Inactive

^ Comments : Isthmian Airways was founded in 1929 by owner Ralph E. Sexton and forced to close in 1936 on 01July1936, the Canal Zone Government cancelled Sexton's contract and Isthmian Airways. During its short life, it operated with two civilian pilots and augmented its fliers with moonlighting military pilots serving in the Panama Canal Zone. The line operated with three flights a day each way; morning, noon and evening. However, when tourist demand was high, more flights were added. Mr. Sexton was proud to boast that his airline never had an accident while carrying passengers

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Jetall   

(****)Unconfirmed

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LAPSA (Lineas Aereas de Panama SA)  updated in 2017

1947* - 1948*Inactive

^ Comments : Because of the 1948-1949 Arab-Israeli conflict the USA had enforced an arms embargo on Israel. Thus, the Panamanian airline LAPSA (Lineas Aéreas de Panama) was used as a cover for the acquisition of ten C-46 and three L-049 Constellations, by Israeli agents in the USA during late 1947/early 1948

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Las Americas Cargo (Aerovias Las Americas)   

1993* - 2003*Inactive

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Los Hermanos Sebastian y Gomez SA   

1960* - 1963*Status?

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Overseas Charter International   

(****)Unconfirmed

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Pacific International Air   

(2006)Began?

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Pacific International Airlines   

1993* - 1997Inactive

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PAISA (Panameña Internacional de Aviación SA)   

1967 - 1969*Status?

^ Comments : PAISA (Panameña Internacional de Aviación SA) was founded by VIASA in 1967

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PanAir Cargo (Cargo Three Inc)   

1990 - dateActive

^ Comments : PanAir Cargo (Cargo Three Inc) was founded & began operations in 1990

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Panama Air International   

(****)Unconfirmed

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Panavia Cargo Airlines  updated in 2017

1994 - 2006Inactive

^ Comments : Panavia Cargo Airlines was founded on 08Feb1994. Cargo charter flights throughout Latin America and the USA.

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Pancarga Nacional   

**** - ****Status?

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PARSA  updated in 2017

1980* - 2005Renamed

^ Comments : [Air Panama was founded in 1980 as PARSA, though certain services were operated as Turismo AéreoIn 2005, the Air Panama trademark rights were acquired. The name had been unused since the demise of Air Panamá Internacional in Jan1990, and PARSA formally adopted the new name that year]

^ Genealogy : TASA (Turismo Aereo SA) & PARSA >Air Panama

Parsaturismo   

2004* - 2006*Status?

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Proveedora Aero Istmena   

1964* - 1965*Status?

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PWA (Panama World Airways)   

1980* - 1981Inactive

^ Comments : PWA (Panama World Airways) was founded in 1980

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RAPSA (Rutas Aereas Panamenas SA)  updated in 2017

1958 - 1977Inactive

^ Comments : RAPSA (Rutas Aereas Panamenas SA) was founded in 1958

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Regional Express Américas   

(2013*)Began?

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S.A.Internacional   

**** - ****Inactive

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SACA (Compañía de Servicios Aereos del Canajagua Azul SA)  added in 2017

1955* - 1956Status?

^ Comments : SACA (Compañía de Servicios Aereos del Canajagua Azul SA) was formed on 25Feb1955 in Las Tablas, head of the Province of Los Santos

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Skyways International   

**** - ****Status?

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TACA Regional Airlines   

2002* - 2002*Status?

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TAISA (Transportes Aéreo Interiorano SA)  added in 2017

1951* - 1952*Status?

^ Comments : Víctor Inchausti, José Pablo Ramos Bustamante and Enrique Bustamante constituted TAISA (Transportes Aéreo Interiorano SA) on 03Mar1951

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Talair (Talingo Airlines)   

1989* - 1989*Inactive

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TASA (Turismo Aereo SA)  updated in 2017

1969* - 1969Renamed

^ Comments : [Air Panama was founded in 1980 as PARSA, though certain services were operated as Turismo AéreoIn 2005, the Air Panama trademark rights were acquired. The name had been unused since the demise of Air Panamá Internacional in Jan1990, and PARSA formally adopted the new name that year]

^ Genealogy : TASA (Turismo Aereo SA) & PARSA >Air Panama

Taxi Aereo Panameno   

1966* - 1966*Status?

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TLA (Trans Latin Air)   

1999* - 1999*Status?

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TLN Airlines   

**** - ****Status?

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Tocumen Air Cargo International   

**** - ****Status?

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Trans Canal Airways   

1991* - 1993Inactive

^ Comments : Trans Canal Airways was founded in 1991

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Trans Panama   

1978 - 1980Inactive

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Transpasa  updated in 2017

1983* - 1985*Status?

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UniWorld Air Cargo  updated in 2017

2014 - dateActive

^ Comments : UniWorld Air Cargo is a cargo carrier based at Panamá City Tocumen International (PTY)

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Vias Internacionales de Panama   

1962 - 1962Inactive

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Vincent Worldwide   

2004* - 2006*Status?

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