On 5 April, 2018 Air China will launch a new route from Beijing to Panama City via Houston, the company said.
The new route is expected to greatly facilitate exchanges between both countries as well as neighbouring regions, while providing passengers with a greater range of options.
In June 2017, China and Panama signed the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between the People´s Republic of China and the Republic of Panama. This formal establishment of diplomatic relations carries forth a relationship that dates back more than 160 years into a new era. China is Panama´s second largest trading partner and the second largest user of the Panama Canal, while Panama is China´s largest trading partner in Central America. In 2017, bilateral trade amounted to nearly US USD 6.7 billion, while two-way passenger traffic totalled nearly 40,000, growing at an annual rate of almost 30%.