The cheapest times to fly from PTY to MSY are

  • January 15th to February 11th
  • April 9th to May 6th (except the week of April 23rd)
  • May 21st to June 10th (except the week of May 28th)
  • August 6th to December 9th (except the weeks of November 12th and November 26th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from PTY to MSY is early September. Prices can be as high as $1482 for Sunday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $380 for Wednesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to New Orleans

Flying from Panama City (PTY) to New Orleans, LA (MSY) will usually cost between $391 to $616 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $395. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $808. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $413 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $457 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PTY to MSY flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the PTY to MSY route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

PTY to MSY Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the PTY to MSY flight is much cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Panama City. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.18, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MSY, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into PTY. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to New Orleans, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to Panama City. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $48 (9%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $460. Return trip prices are from the MSY to PTY flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from PTY to MSY can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 3 hour 52 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from PTY to MSY? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 8 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeromexico, Air Canada, American, Avianca, COPA, Delta, Spirit, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to Tocumen International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1607 miles or 2586 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from PTY to MSY?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop PTY to MSY flight is about 3 hour 52 minutes.

How many flights go between Panama City and New Orleans, LA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 53 available flights from PTY to MSY.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code PTY
Origination airport name Tocumen International Airport
City Panama City
Country Panama
Latitude 9.1
Longitude -79.4

Return Airport

Destination code MSY
Destination airport name Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
City New Orleans, LA
Country the United States
Latitude 30
Longitude -90.3


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