Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters
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United Airlines, American Airlines and Spirit Airlines have waived their change and cancellation fees on flights to Panama. Confirm policies on booking site.
An average nonstop flight from the United States to Panama takes 7h 49m, covering a distance of 2199 miles. The most popular route is New York - Panama City with an average flight time of 5h 08m.
The cheapest ticket to Panama from the United States found in the last 72 hours was $56 one-way, and $193 round-trip. The most popular route is New York John F Kennedy Intl to Panama City Tocumen Intl and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $335.
Copa Airlines, United Airlines & EVA Air fly the most frequently from the United States to Panama.
Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is Panama City (96% of total searches to Panama). The next most popular destinations are David (3%) and Panama City (0%). Searches for flights to Bocas del Toro (0%) are also popular.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "The crew"
Cons: "Entertainment options were poor"
Pros: "The food, the crew, the comfort..."
Cons: "It was perfect!"
Pros: "Very un-experienced Air hostess..They seriously need training. Also they need language training in English"
Cons: "Air hostesses can not understand English, and ATTITUDE is bad . Need massive amount of proper training"
Pros: "The Seat was comfortable"
Pros: "It was fast ,super organize, clean plane ,very friendly staff,all this especially so early in the morning made the fly fantastic"
Cons: "Checking in at Miami was very slow"
Cons: "No complaints"
Pros: "everyone was friendly and helpful. better service than the typical U.S. carrier."
Pros: "You got to pick your own movie/games & good was provided"
Pros: "Excelente servicio, a tiempo. Ayuda para un abordaje rapido, ya que habia mucha gente."
Cons: "Una de mis maletas fue abierto y me parece peligroso, ya que por dicha traía candado en la parte grande. Esto puede tacharlos de compañía no segura."
Cons: "My parents fly from IAH to MIA, in Houston was lightning pretty bad. They was landing more then 1+ late. Copa airlines do not approved them for another flight to get home. They need to purchase another tickets $300 per person"
Pros: "Food and beverages were good and free of charge. No embarrassing food for purchase as other airlines."
Cons: "Lack of in-flight internet connection and no power outlets for charging devices on board."
Pros: "Better ask, what didn't like. The Cops agents were very professional and courteous. The planes were on time, boarding also and so was takeoffs."
Cons: "The food was terrible!"
Pros: "The quality of the food was excellent but I missed a coffee or tea after dinner and in the morning. The crew was the best I had flew with."
Pros: "the plane and the service"
Cons: "the airport don't have service in early morning, every store was closed"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "lousy food, slow boarding. I had a sick passenger sitting next to me - I was worried about getting sick.."
Cons: "I chose the seats 8 months before this flight and I supposed to be assigned 8F and 8E. However, I don"t know why the airline assigned me the last seats in the airplane in this time. That day the aircraft experienced turbulence and I felt bad at the back. I did not like they decided to change my seats without asking me."
Pros: "As a non-Spanish speaker we felt well cared for."
Pros: "Everything was smooth good service plane was exceptionally clean... Far better than Avianca"
Cons: "Selection of food or breakfast"
Cons: "Worse customer service at the 1800 fly copa and at the counter..."
Pros: "I was treated very well, and respectful in my needs. It was simple but nice."
Cons: "I don't remember nothing that make me be uncomfortable. I pay for economic class, then I got that."
Pros: "all the service"
Pros: "They serve what they call a snack which is really a small meal, on a US flight well a snack is just a bag of peanuts."
Pros: "The flight was on time and the crew was nice"
Cons: "Food was not good and since the plane was old, entertainment was poor"
Pros: "Fast prompt boading"
Cons: "Tiny meal"
Pros: "luggage politics"
Pros: "The flight was fine, but...."
Cons: "My bags were opened and items were stolen. I have been trying for 4 days to file a complaint, the on-line service is not accepting forms, and calls to COPA are for reservations only, they will not accept complaints. Arghhhh"
Pros: "Easy check-in, free checked bag, good meal on board, excellent service and friendly crew."
Cons: "Can't think of anything."
Pros: "Fast boarding"
Cons: "The snack/breakfast"
Pros: "Modern aircraft and good service"
Cons: "Leg room on the flight was cramped"
Pros: "Me Gusto la atención el personal el abordeaje"
Cons: "Asientos incómodos y comida fea mala película para el entretenimiento"
Cons: "I expected Kayak application and Copa Airlines to advise travelers that they need a visa to Venezuela before expending $1030 on an airline ticked. I cold not travel because I was missing my visa to Venezuela. The visa requirement for US travelers is recently implemente this past February and many people dont know about it. This should be published before people buy their tickets!!! Thanks, E. Vazquez"
Cons: "They didn't have coffee or tea"
Pros: "Service, on time, New planes"
Cons: "Small plane, limited entertainment, limited food, no power outlet, tight"
Pros: "Airline staff very responsive and quick t"
Cons: "The space between seats too uncomfortable"
Pros: "the food was ok, the service is poor,."
Cons: "The airport personnel did not help me with adding my miles to my Cops Cinbect card, they said it was no value and that Cops Connect membership want Copa, Worse they broke my expensive Nautica luggage by losing a wheel and my luggage was not even 22 kilos"
Pros: "Every thing"
Cons: "Imformation spoken to fast and completely clear"
Cons: "very cold on flight and no blankets"
Cons: "- Flight delay - ONLY ONE bathroom for economy class -No wheelchair service on arrival ( asked before the flight) -Very bad food"
Pros: "la puntualidad y el buna atención."
Pros: "La comida y las asafatas muy buena atención. Cordiales y atentos"
Cons: "Si hay cambio de gate por favor avisar x email o si el gate no estaba definido hacerlo media hora antes por lo menos. Mal no tener wi fi en aeropuerto, deberiamos acceder a él, muchos no podemos hacer roeming x costos.yo tenía en panamá xq estaba en el vip."
Pros: "That fact they offered food without extra charge"
Cons: "No movies during flight"
Pros: "On time and did not lose my luggage"
Pros: "It was a good trip.. Thanks!!"
Cons: "I've flown Copa many times before and it's generally good for low-cost price but this time was horrible, probably because our first time with new baby. First, there was unexpected shock of having to pay $300 at gate for ticket for the baby, even though she is 4 months and sat on my lap the whole time. Never heard of charging for that and we had to pay % of roundtrip ticket cost right there and then. Second, they don't allow early boarding for families with small children. Third, and finally, on the trip back they also suddenly announced a "no checking boxes policy" which I had also never heard of. We had to take a baby swing out of its box, dismantle it, and carry on a large part of it. A total hassle and crew was not very understanding. Definitely think twice about flying Copa if you have kids."
Pros: "Very uncomfortable seating even though paid for preferred. Not enough space for carry on."
Cons: "Crew service"
Pros: "Wonderful, again. Will fly American any chance I get!"
Pros: "Pilots were excellent and flight crew was good."
Cons: "I signed up for a British Airways flight and American Airlines flew the route."
Pros: "Nice aircraft,"
Cons: "let down by unattentive staff and felt more like a budget airline with the fact that you have to pay for meals"
Pros: "The fact that there were recently released movies in the system."
Cons: "4 1/2 hr delay in out trip. Losing our connection and rude crew."
Pros: "GREAT CREW! PILOT MADE UP TIME IN THE AIR DUE TO YHE DELAYED FLIGHT OUT OF MIAMI"
Cons: "THE FLIGHT WAS DELAYED DUE TO BAD WEATHER IN MIAMI."
Pros: "Crew was excellent."
Cons: "The connection in Chicago was 3 HOURS late with several gate changes. People on the desk were rude and never explained what was wrong. They didn't even announce the gate. change. I got it from Kayak."
Pros: "It was an ok airplane, entertainment system worked"
Cons: "The flight was delayed 2.15 hours and didn't even offered water or anything, after a while they said if we wanted we could go out of the plane... really bad!"
Pros: "Very nice staff"
Cons: "Pretty much everything"
Pros: "Good meals"
Cons: "Could not get seats together with my husband"
Pros: "After I pledged 25 years ago I would not travel with AA, this recent trip to Miami was delayed 30 minutes going to Miami and one hour goin back to Panama."
Cons: "Ticket counter very long in Miami. Kiosk did not work. Flight delayed in both routes."
Pros: "The crew for the most part were friendly. Boarding was easy enough"
Cons: "The one thing that stood out was that the flight attendants weren't offering water outside of the regular beverage service. I've never been on an international flight where there wasn't almost a constant flow of water. I was so parched after 8 hours. It seemed unusual. Also the seats are so small. I'm only 130 and 5'7" and it was a tough ride"
Pros: "Staff was professional. Beverages were plentiful. The quality of the wine was actually quite good."
Cons: "Not enough toilets for the number of passengers."
Pros: "Absolutely nothing. I was upgraded from business and would have been better in business."
Cons: "The seats were horrible. The tv screen was so old and small I could barely see anything, and the sound kept cutting out. The food was the same quality as business class with less choices and no menus. The staff kept forgetting to clear the table or refill my wine glass. I never had to use the call button on a flight before, but on this trip I was constantly hitting call or flagging people down. If I had actually paid for 1st class I would have been livid."
Cons: "It didn't happen"
Cons: "Didn't happen"
Pros: "The trip, in general, was nice. The food quality and the available entertainment are good. the crew is nice."
Cons: "I had one of the smallest seats on the jet (window seats)."
Pros: "Excellent entertainment options"
Pros: "Everything. I had no problems at all when coming to Barcelona last week!!"
Pros: "I like AA because they are honest and kind. I received good value for my money."
Cons: "No volé en LATAM si no en AA y en esta compañía al principio no sabían sobre mi reserva y cuando si, no pude hacer el checking online, sino solo en el aeropuerto , en ambos vuelos"
Cons: "Liked it all."
Pros: "Flight was on time. Easy boarding. Smooth flight."
Cons: "In flight entertainment was below expectations"
Pros: "There was a crew member Dario, from Lima to Buenos Aires that was super nice."
Cons: "The ticket was printed as Avianca trans to American Airlines. That was wrong. The ticket was for Avianca and I went to American and I lost a lot of time. Then the line was long and took me for ever to check in"
Cons: "Los espacios entre asientos son muy incómodos."
Cons: "All. The worst airline in the world"
Pros: "Segundo vieja con American Airlined y segundo fiasco. No vuelo más con esta ruta si la compañía que o uypera el vuelo es AA."
Cons: "Siempre embarque con retraso. Asiento poco cómodo, comida pobre, tripulación no habla español, el monitor de mi asiento el sonido no funcionaba correctamente y las películas escasas y fuera de temporada. En los dos vuelos que he realizado he tenido el mismo problema."
Pros: "Price, boarding process and seats were good"
Cons: "Crew was border line rude, and for sure neither attentive nor pleasant, food was really really bad."
Cons: "When we arrived at AirPort El Dorado, we discovered that our flight was cancelled/has been changed without warning us! They scheduled us a new flight with Vianca and Iberia: Bogotá-Madrid + Madrid-Brussels. My partner and I could not sit together on any of these flights! 1 of 10 hours and of 2 hours! I would NOT recommend AA to anyone! This was full responsability of AA!"
Pros: "Getting off of that plane."
Cons: "I understand delays happen and are sometimes out of your control. However, customer service is something that you can, should, and must control. I witnessed a lack of self control of the American employees (including a Supervisor) and every point of my trip w/your customers. I was embarrassed for the American executive team."
Cons: "the flight did not have charging areas on the plane for phones for the regular seating. also, the seating was much tighter and our arm rest was not functioning. On all the planes going to our destination the accommodations were much different."
Pros: "Very professional and friendly."
Pros: "Volare con American"
Cons: "No snacks offered! No alcohol drinks offered!"
Cons: "That it got cancelled"
Cons: "The delay, the landing and that you don't have at least one free documented baggage, that feels like a scam."
Cons: "Flight was cancelled due to maintenance issues. I got home at 1 am instead of 10 pm."
Cons: "Our flight was cancelled after 6 hours of waiting! The. We had to wait in line for two hours to reschedule to a flight two days later. Leaving the airport with 4 tired kids at 2 am. To make it worse we couldn't get our luggage. My husband had to return the next day to spend 5 hours at the airport to claim our luggage. There has to be a better way. The flight should have been cancelled sooner Very frustrating to say the least. We lost over $1000 in hotels and train tickets also. We received no empathy about this."
Pros: "Pilot and crew were excellent.."
Cons: "I haven't flown American in three years and I see why I stopped. Very sad and extremely disappointed.. It took an 1 hr+ after landing to retrieve our luggage..in all my years of flying,i've never experienced that."
Pros: "Although the flight was delayed, the crew kept a positive attitude and got us into another plane pretty promptly. They let us check in one of our bags for free to make up for the delay."
Cons: "The flight was delayed."
Cons: "Waiting in London over 8 hours becouce a flight to Oslo was canceled and they did not give me any earlier flight. So I was 4 hours too late in finland."
Cons: "- Calidad de los asientos - Distancia y confort de los asientos - Pésimo sitio web - Pésimo sitio para check-in - Tripulación poco cercana y amable"
Pros: "No entertainment"
Pros: "Flight attendants were polite and attentive. The food has improved, even though it was just a sandwich. The flight was delayed in leaving Miami, but the captain explained why and how long the delay would last - he was accurate and the d lay had to do with air traffic controllers."
Cons: "The 737 in coach is too small. You are latterly bumping in to your neighbor all the time. Every bit of space they could use for seats, is taken. The rear toilets are almost in the galley and navigating people entering and leaving the toilets is a skill given the lack of space. I don't know how the flight attendants can work in such a confined space."
Pros: "A newer plane."
Cons: "Flight was delayed for more than 40 mins."
Pros: "AA is becomig a joke. A seriously bad company. Being a Platinum AA member and flying business means nothing. The boarding is bad. Long lines and no attention. Food is really poor. A coach service with a little improvement. Nothing compared to business classes of other major airlines. AA is plain behind its competitors. From Orlando to Miami my 40 minutes flight was delayed by 30... No bad weather. The flight to São Paulo was worse. They lost all of the family lugage. All five pieces. We arrived yesterday morning and still have no luggage. Conclusion: if you have options, fly any other company. Delta, United, much better. I would say that even prefer the Brazilian airlines. Avoid AA. Poor airline with no service and no attention to details."
Pros: "The price, and the service. After paying just $44 for my ticket I was offered a 1st class upgrade for the cost of 2 bags and a seat choice. A great deal if you ask me. And since I have pre-check, combined with priority access by choosing to upgrade upon online checkin getting though the airport was a breeze."
Cons: "Miami International is a zoo no matter what airline you fly. And since AA operates so many flights even Priority Access has long lines for everything."
Cons: "Late !! No gate at Ord AA is total screwed up"
Pros: "Crew was nice. However the spirit airline attendant at the desk told me to gate check my bag. I stood there waiting for someone to grab my bag for sometime. So I asked the stewardess and she told me just to bring the bag in and put my carry on in the over head compartment."
Cons: "However the desk attendant came on the aircraft took my bag out of the overhead compartment. And then left it outside or the plane. I waited at the airport for until 1:30am before I got a confirmation that the back was in fact at Newark still. I had a nursing convention to go to and I had no clothing. So I had to Uber to Walmart than Uber back to my hotel. So I didn’t get any sleep. I didn’t check into my hotel til 4am due to a negligent spirit employee. I paid for the checked bag and there was plenty of space in the over head compartment. She caused me unnecessary stress and an embarrassing morning with my administrators due to my lack of sleep."
Pros: "The modern planes and on time arrival and departure."
Cons: "Unfriendly check-in staff, unpleasant crew members and pokey seats. Having to pay for water on a 3.5 hour flight took cheapness to a new low. My first experience with Spirit Airlines will probably be my last."
Pros: "Got to our destination quickly"
Cons: "I'm 6 feet tall. No leg room with spirit."
Pros: "We had a weather delay— so we sat in the plane for 3 hours before we left. Should have had the option go leave."
Pros: "Nothing. How could a flight not give free water? People need to take meds and should be required to pay $5 for bottled at the terminal. Everything is just highway robbery. Some folks don’t even have a credit card or fir that matter the cash."
Cons: "I was totally humiliated at the gate when I was taken off line because I had one extra bag to carry on. I was then charged $65 to then bring it on board an additional $20 to secure a sit since the flight had been over booked. The flight was delayed for the late arrival of on board staff. Most of the passengers were flight crew either connecting."
Pros: "Absolutely nothing"
Cons: "Bag drop off was unorganized and slow causing a delay in departure, causing a 2 hour flight to turn into a 7.5 hour ordeal with uninformed and unpleasant staff. I sat on the plane from 3pm-10:30. Staff had no clue and charged everyone for food. You get what you pay for & im never flying Spirit again."
Pros: "ticket price"
Cons: "baggage charges. carryon fees, outregous"
Pros: "On time"
Pros: "The seats on some Spirit planes are uncomfortable"
Cons: "Seats and there’s no entertainment"
Cons: "They weren’t stocked with items on the menu. Crew members were sarcastic about people changing seats despite the amount of vacancy."
Pros: "The crew was great and did their best to make the flight smooth. The plane was a pretty color yellow..."
Cons: "Baggage fees were ridiculous. If you check your bag, it's $52. If you carry on, it's $57. During the flight, you pay for any beverages or snacks. Also, we purchased our tickets together, obviously to be sat together. On our return flight, we were instructed to purchase seats if we wanted to be together, otherwise there were no assignments. We got charged an additional $40. Overall, we spent an additional $200! We chose this airline for the lower fares, but they get their money back by charging for everything. You pay for everything. I was very dissatisfied and likely to never fly this airline again."
Cons: "Very small seats"
Pros: "I will never fly Spirit again. The extra charges are extreme. The equipment is old and the seat room is for children."
Cons: "Everything except crew."
Cons: "Luggage Charges are outrageous"
Pros: "Kind attendants"
Cons: "Too many "hidden" and extra costs"
Pros: "Aircraft was new and clean. Flight crew 1st class."
Cons: "The delays and confusion at the gate due to a lack of personal."
Pros: "Very bad"
Pros: "Always on time"
Pros: "Boarding was easy."
Cons: "Air fares are deceiving, they appear to be cheap to then be told the carry on is $49 when every other airline charges $25 to CHECK IN A BAG! Ridiculous! Not even a snack was offered. Very uncomfortable seating. Last time I ever fly through spirit."
Pros: "The seats were already reserved"
Cons: "The plane was 3 hours late and I received a email , and signed up for a text. The seats are super tight and nothing at all included. If you are looking for a super fast trip and with no luggage this is the airline for you. Not a family friendly airline , luck the kids did not go with us,"
Cons: "Seats are awfully unconfortable. I'm tall and these slighly cheaper tickets came at a price - my legs paid for it. Thankfully my trip was only 3 hrs."
Pros: "It was a very good flight to Orlando. No mishaps or anything. Everything went well and smoothly."
Cons: "The lauggage I checked in arrived in San Jose completely demolished. I can't even carry it anymore. There is a big whole in my bag pack, so my close are hanging out and the shoulder strap is ripped of completely."
Pros: "Great deal."
Pros: "Crew was very friendly"
Pros: "Fast flight not over crowded. Had no trouble with bags that we made sure we're within the measurements. Book checked bags ahead!!! Angry people didn't read the rules but the staff is efficient and curteous. For short domestic flights it's alright."
Cons: "The seats are pretty uncomfortable and there are a bunch of offers at end of the flight that are unessential but they don't force them on you so that's something."
Pros: "The crew were excellent The staff at the check in counter very polite and helpful"
Pros: "The crew were excellent The staff at the check in counter very polite and helpful No delay"
Pros: "The crew were excellent The staff at the check in counter very polite and helpful"
Cons: "It's cheap and the worst airline I've ever booked through"
Cons: "You cancelled my flight and lied why it was cancelled. Then you lied about what flights were available the next day. I lost a day and a half off my vacation with no compensation. Plus no customer service number."
Pros: "when I was checking in they were work quick and efficient,the pilot was very nice he knew we all were nervous because of the turbulence so made us all feel more relax by making us laugh with some jokes very nice. 10 stars. n i can go on there was so much more but I'll just stop here thank you SPIRIT"
Cons: "mostly everything!! just one small detail they should at least give a bag popcorn or a water free other then that 10 stars"
Pros: "Nothing, the Worst people and they took my money and didn't travel"
Pros: "The price"
Cons: "Baggage policy and flight delay!"
Cons: "Everything else"
Pros: "Landed early"
Pros: "I liked that the wing said Howdy."
Cons: "Spirit is the absolute WORST airline on the market. The seats are so tiny, the airline attendants were incredibly rude. My flight home was canceled after they made us wait on the airplane for over 3 hours. They did not tell us what had happened or give us any kind of update during the time period. The flight was canceled and they were extremely unhelpful. I ended up purchasing a ticket through JetBlue to get home finally. I will NEVER fly Spirit again. You should be ashamed to work for this company."
Cons: "Airline representatives were rude"
Pros: "Buying the ticket and checking in were good experiences. Getting updates about the flight was a good thing too."
Cons: "I didn't get a choice on seat assignment. The flight attendants were loud and bumped into me quite often when two were passing on the aisle. I requested to not do that as there is only space for one body to go through. I got 'I'm only trying to do my job' to dismiss my request. Heard complains from one attendant about the delay causing her to miss her sleeping hours. Was not able to relax because of the attendant's loud conversation with one of the passengers and the loud noises made by the slamming of the doors in the food and refreshment area. Tried to keep occupied but the tray was too small to place my apple laptop. So just tried to squeeze myself in my seat to avoid being bopped into my head and shoulders. Not a very relaxing flight. Was not impressed about the are of a customer comfort. Another passengers were also complaining."
Cons: "In addition to one hour delay that created so much inconvenience, the performance of the flight attendants were not acceptable. Non of them checked the security aspects of the flight before departure including seat belts or not letting people keep their back packs between the legs instead of putting them under the seat. Furthermore, my seat was beside a person who needed two seats instead of one seat and all the time during fligt I was in an extreme discomfort. I talked to the flight attendants and asked them if possible to give me another seat but they were not willing to help much.Totally I am really disappointed with boarding+comfort and the crew. I will definitely try my best not to fly with Spirit airlines anymore."
Cons: "They cancel the flight without saying anything, a call , an email, nothing."
Cons: "No leg room and delayed one hour"
Pros: "On time and very friendly crew"
Pros: "flight leave on time."
Cons: "leave on time."
Pros: "Nice seats, low rates, friendly crew, fast check in process"
Cons: "Checked bag fees are high"
Cons: "I wasn't notified that the flight was gonna be delayed! Waited over an hour being lied to every couple of minutes that we ready to board and nothing happened !!! Last time I fly with this airlines and will definitely let others know my experience terrible terrible !"
Cons: "Cancelled flighr never will buy tickets for friends or myself on spirit"
Cons: "Didn't like that there were huge baggage charges And last min cxl with not that great accommodation"
Airlines flying to Panama have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters
Masks required on board, masks provided
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights