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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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July 3, 2017

Little known about STOL of Panama except crash of a Pilatus PC-6/C-H2 Turbo Porter in 1973 [added]

February 10, 2017

Aero Taxi Internacional SA was founded on 21Jul1990 [added]

February 10, 2017

LAPSA (Lineas Aéreas de Panama) was used as a cover by Israeli agents in the USA during late 1947/early 1948 [status change]

Airlines

Actividades Aéreas Chiricanas  added

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1946* - 1947*
Comments : Actividades Aéreas Chiricanas was founded on 27Feb1946
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ADSA (Aerovias Darienitas)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1978* - 1979*
Comments : No further information at this time
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Aero - Mapiex Aero   

Status : Active

Dates :

1985 - date
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 : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments : No further information at this time
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Aero Palmas International Airlines   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments : No further information at this time
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Aero Química  added

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1958* - 1959*
Comments : Olmedo Alfaro, Raúl Arias Espinosa and Harmodio Arias Jr. founded Aero Química on 15Mar1958
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Aero Taxi Internacional SA  added

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1990* - 1991*
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   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1982* - 1983*
Comments : No further information at this time
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Aerofletes International (AFISA)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1974* - 1989
Comments : No further information at this time
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Aerolineas Islas de las Perlas  updated

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1970 - 1987*
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
Airline Code :  

Aerolineas Urraca   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments : No further information at this time
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Aeronaves de Panama   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments : No further information at this time
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AeroPerlas (Aerolineas Pacifico Atlantico)  updated

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1987* - 2012
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
Airline Code : WL : APP

AeroTaxi   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments :  
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Aerovias Internacional Balboa SA (Balboa Airlines)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1966* - 1966*
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
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Aerovías Nacionales  added

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1932 - 1941
Comments : In 1932 Captain Enrique Malek, considered the father of commercial aviation, founded the first airline Aerovías Nacionales
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Aerovias PanaVen   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1962* - 1966*
Comments : No further information at this time
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Aerovias Transcaribe   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

**** - ****
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
Airline Code :  

AGSA (Aviación General SA)  added

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1949* - 1950*
Comments : AGSA (Aviación General SA) was founded on 11Sep1949
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Airline Code :  

Air Panama  updated

Status : Active

Dates :

2005 - date
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
Airline Code : -- : PST

Air Panama International   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1969 - 1990
Comments : Air Panamá Internacional was founded in 1969
Genealogy : Air Panama Int.
Airline Code : OP : PST

Air Services Cargo   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2002 - 2003
Comments :  
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Air Transport Gelabert  added

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1933* - 1941
Comments : Gelabert in 1933, founded Air Transport Gelabert, which flew until Dec1941, when all national flights were canceled for safety Of the Panama Canal
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Alas Chircanas  updated

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1980 - 1995
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
Airline Code :  

ANSA (Aerolíneas Nacionales SA)  updated

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1986* - 1987*
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

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1956 - 1965
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
Airline Code :  

APASA (Aerovias Panama SA)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1965 - 1966
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
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Arrow Air Panama  updated

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2005 - 2008
Comments : Arrow Air Panama ceased operations on 18Sep2008. Scheduled and charter operations in Latin America based at Panamá City Tocumen International (PTY)
Genealogy :  
Airline Code : 8A : WAP

ATP Cargo (Aereos Transportada de Panama)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1986 - 1987
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code : -- : AEP

Aviatur (Aviacion de Turismo)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2004* - 2006*
Comments :  
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AVINAL   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments : No further information at this time
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Aviones de Panama   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1978* - 1979*
Comments :  
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AVISPA (Aerovias Interamericanas de Panama)  updated

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1951 - 1956
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
Airline Code :  

Cargo Three Panama (Panama Cargo Three)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1991 - 2000
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code : -- : CTW

Caribe Aviacion de Panama   

Status : Unconfirmed

Dates :

(****)
Comments : No further information at this time
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Chiricana de Aviación  added

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1944* - 1945*
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

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1978* - 1989*
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

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1954* - 1955*
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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Airline Code :  

Compania de Turismo Aereo   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1965* - 1965*
Comments : Compania de Turismo Aereo operated charter and taxi services in Central America around 1965
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Compania Interamericana Export-Import   

Status : Unconfirmed

Dates :

(****)
Comments :  
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Cool Air   

Status : Unconfirmed

Dates :

(****)
Comments : No further information at this time
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COPA Airlines  updated

Status : Active

Dates :

1947 - date
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
Airline Code : CM : CMP

DHL Aero Express (Expreso Aereo)   

Status : Active

Dates :

1996 - date
Comments : DHL Aero Express was established in Feb1996 & started operations on 15Aug1996. Added scheduled services on 07Nov1996
Genealogy :  
Airline Code : D5 : DAE

Gray Line Air   

Status : Unconfirmed

Dates :

(****)
Comments : No further information at this time
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Inair Panama (Internacional de Aviacion)  updated

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1967* - 1985
Comments : Inair Panama (Internacional de Aviacion) was founded in 1967 & was one of the largest cargo carriers in the region. Stopped operating in 1985
Genealogy :  
Airline Code : IX : ---

Isthmian Airways  added

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1929 - 1936
Comments : Isthmian Airways was founded in 1929 by owner Ralph E. Sexton and forced to close on 01Jul1936, 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   

Status : Unconfirmed

Dates :

(****)
Comments : No further information at this time
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LAPSA (Lineas Aereas de Panama SA)  updated

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1947* - 1948*
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)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1993* - 2003*
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Los Hermanos Sebastian y Gomez SA   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1960* - 1963*
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
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Overseas Charter International   

Status : Unconfirmed

Dates :

(****)
Comments :  
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Pacific International Air   

Status : Not started

Dates :

(2006)
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Pacific International Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1993* - 1997
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code : P4 : PFC

PAISA (Panameña Internacional de Aviación SA)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1967 - 1969*
Comments : PAISA (Panameña Internacional de Aviación SA) was founded by VIASA in 1967
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

PanAir Cargo (Cargo Three Inc)   

Status : Active

Dates :

1990 - date
Comments : PanAir Cargo (Cargo Three Inc) was founded & began operations in 1990
Genealogy :  
Airline Code : -- : CTW

Panama Air International   

Status : Unconfirmed

Dates :

(****)
Comments :  
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Airline Code :  

Panavia Cargo Airlines  updated

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1994 - 2006
Comments : Panavia Cargo Airlines was founded on 08Feb1994. Cargo charter flights throughout Latin America and the USA.
Genealogy :  
Airline Code : 6Z : PNV

Pancarga Nacional   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

PARSA  updated

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1980* - 2005
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
Airline Code :  

Parsaturismo   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2004* - 2006*
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
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Proveedora Aero Istmena   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1964* - 1965*
Comments :  
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PWA (Panama World Airways)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1980* - 1981
Comments : PWA (Panama World Airways) was founded in 1980
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

RAPSA (Rutas Aereas Panamenas SA)  updated

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1958 - 1977
Comments : RAPSA (Rutas Aereas Panamenas SA) was founded in 1958
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Regional Express Américas   

Status : Not started

Dates :

(2013*)
Comments :  
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Airline Code :  

S.A.Internacional   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
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SACA (Compañía de Servicios Aereos del Canajagua Azul SA)  added

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1955* - 1956
Comments : SACA (Compañía de Servicios Aereos del Canajagua Azul SA) was formed on 25Feb1955 in Las Tablas, head of the Province of Los Santos
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Skyways International   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments : No further information at this time
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

STOL of Panama  added

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1973* - 1973*
Comments : Little known about STOL of Panama except crash of a Pilatus PC-6/C-H2 Turbo Porter in 1973
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

TACA Regional Airlines   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2002* - 2002*
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

TAISA (Transportes Aéreo Interiorano SA)  added

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1951* - 1952*
Comments : Víctor Inchausti, José Pablo Ramos Bustamante and Enrique Bustamante constituted TAISA (Transportes Aéreo Interiorano SA) on 03Mar1951
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Talair (Talingo Airlines)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1989* - 1989*
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

TASA (Turismo Aereo SA)  updated

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1969* - 1969
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
Airline Code :  

Taxi Aereo Panameno   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1966* - 1966*
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

TLA (Trans Latin Air)   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1999* - 1999*
Comments :  
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TLN Airlines   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments :  
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Airline Code :  

Tocumen Air Cargo International   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Comments :  
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Trans Canal Airways   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1991* - 1993
Comments : Trans Canal Airways was founded in 1991
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Trans Panama   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1978 - 1980
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Transpasa  updated

Status : Unsure

Dates :

1983* - 1985*
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

UniWorld Air Cargo  updated

Status : Active

Dates :

2014 - date
Comments : UniWorld Air Cargo is a cargo carrier based at Panamá City Tocumen International (PTY)
Genealogy :  
Airline Code : -- : UCG

Vias Internacionales de Panama   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1962 - 1962
Comments :  
Genealogy :  
Airline Code :  

Vincent Worldwide   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

2004* - 2006*
Comments :  
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