Air Canada to launch Toronto-Panama City service from December

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Air Canada will begin three-times weekly flights between Toronto and Panama City, Panama from 17 December, the carrier announces.

News of the new route, which Air Canada will operate with 120-seat Airbus A319s, follows the December 2013 announcement that Canada and Panama had reached an agreement to allow more flight frequencies between the countries.

Air Canada will compete on the route Panama City with fellow Star Alliance member Copa Airlines, which has operated on the route since 2011, and Canadian carrier Air Transat, which has flown between the cities since 2012, according to Innovata data.

Copa operates the route three times weekly during the summer and four times weekly during the winter using Boeing 737-800 aircraft, according to flight schedules.

Air Transat operates the route once weekly during the winter using an Airbus A310-300.