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When to Book
Ideally, you should plan to book flights to Panama City no later than six months in advance. It may be necessary to plan even further out if your travel dates fall on holidays. Panama City is a popular destination during summer, which may mean locking in travel dates nearly a year in advance to get the rates you desire.
Airports With Direct Flights From the U.K.
There are no airports that provide direct flights from the U.K. to Panama City. It is, however, possible to book one-stop flights from Heathrow Airport (LHR) and London City Airport (LCY). The Birmingham Airport (BHX) also offers flights to Panama City with a minimum two-stop layover.
Airlines That Fly to Panama City From the U.K.
United, Delta, Swiss and Air France are the major carriers offering cheap flights to Panama City. These airlines fly out of both Heathrow Airport and London City Airport.
There are two airports in Panama City. The Tocumen Aeropuerto International Airport is the major hub for the majority of flights arriving and departing the Caribbean. The air base is home to Copa Airlines and is just over 12 miles away from the city's centre.
The Albrook Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport (PAC) is another airfield in Panama. The base was once the Albrook Air Force Station but now serves as a public airport located less than a mile west of the town's centre.
Taxi and bus services are available from both Tocumen and the Albrook airports. Those wanting more options when arriving from the U.K. may find Tocumen the more convenient choice.
When to Go
The summer dry season is the best time to travel to Panama City. Those looking for a more economical vacation may want to visit the city between April and July. There are fewer visitors during these rainy months, so prices for accommodations are better. The holidays are another good time to travel to Panama City. Christmas, in particular, is the best time to get away because the Caribbean city's streets are marked with decorations that commemorate the calendar event.
What’s the Weather Like?
Panama's tropical climate makes it susceptible to frequent rainfall. The average temperature during April, the hottest month, is 29 degrees Celsius. The coldest month in Panama City is October with temperatures averaging 26 degrees Celsius.
City Guide: What to See and Do
The Panama Canal is the city's lifeline with ships coming in and out every day. You can get a close-up view of all of the action after a short ride by bus or taxi to the area. Panama City is very much a water town, which means that you should not end your vacation without a bit of stand-up paddleboarding. The Chagres River is the best place for such activity.
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