Panama suspend international flights from the 22 March by the coronavirus crisis

Photo: Tocumen International Airport.
By Elida Moreno

President of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo ordered the suspension of all international flights for the next 30 days from the 11:59 p.m. Sunday 22 of March.

He announced via his Twitter account that the measure exempts domestic flights, loading and humanitarian.

The measure comes amid the emergency caused by the coronavirus in the country until Thursday 19 of March, registry 137 contagions, including death.

Most international flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport, the main air terminal, which it operates the "hub" of the Americas.

In 2019 by Tocumen mobilized over 15 millions of people from different countries of the world.

Cortizo last week ordered the suspension of flights from Europe and Asia to contain coronavirus infections.

"The health of Panamanians I is above any economic and political situation ... take the actions that need to take for the sake of Panama", He said at the time Cortizo.

In a statement later, the Presidency of the Republic said the measure would apply to all international flights arrival and departure, and it includes particularly Tocumen International Airport, S.A., one of the terminals most important areas of Latin America by the number of destinations and traffic mobilized.

Tocumen International Airport S.A. It operates flights to and from over 90 cities of America and Europe, and covers much of Latin America. It is also the "hub" principal operations Panamanian airline Copa Airlines, already reduced 80% its activities.

Ecuador joins Panama, Colombia, El Salvador and Guatemala among the countries of the region have already closed their skies or announced that they will soon face the health crisis by COVID-19.