Air China inaugurated its new route from Beijing to Panama via Houston starting on April 5, 2018. The new route is created nine months after Panama and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations set to stimulate investment, commerce, tourism, and cooperation between the two countries.
On March 2, 2018, the MSC Caterina became the 3,000 vessel to transit the expanded Panama Canal in 20 months of operation. Exceeding expectations and reaffirming the waterway’s importance to world commerce, the vessel made its way from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean headed Northbound.
Organizers of the next World Youth Day have announced the dates for Panama 2019: Jan. 22-27. The massive youth rally, which always has the pope as its VIP guest, will take place in Panama City during its local summer.