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Airline airports at Panama in 1962?

Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:42 pm

AW&ST for 7 Oct 1963 has a table showing passengers enplaned by US-flag airlines at Latin American cities during the year 1962. It says Pan Am enplaned 84135 pax at "Panama City"; no other US airlines there. It says Braniff enplaned 12623 and Panagra enplaned 41128 at "Balboa"; no other US airlines there.

Did the three airlines really serve two airports? Weren't they all at Tocumen in 1962, and in every other year after WWII?
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Re: Airline airports at Panama in 1962?

Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:49 pm

The 1959 Braniff timetable I found on Timetable images says they used Tocumen. ... n59-11.jpg
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Re: Airline airports at Panama in 1962?

Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:09 pm

FWIW: Here is a fabulous old Pan Am route map. The legend says "Copyright 1956", but the fine print in the bottom margin says "Revised 2/64". The host website says that this edition shows route updates as of 1 Jan 1963. The map simply shows "Panama City."
My first instinct was to say that they must be operating flying boats from the harbor, but then woke up and remembered that 1963 is way too late for that. ... -2564.html

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