The cheapest times to fly from PTY to SWA are

  • January 22nd to April 1st
  • May 14th to June 3rd
  • August 20th to September 16th (except the week of September 3rd)
  • October 1st to December 9th

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 SWA is mid to late November. Prices can be as high as $4621 for Thursday flights during late July, or as low as $1316 for Wednesday flights around mid to late November.


When to Fly to Shantou

Flying from Panama City (PTY) to Shantou (SWA) will usually cost between $1409 to $2351 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late November with an average ticket price of $1409. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $3661. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $2252 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1589 can be considered a good price for a round-trip PTY to SWA flight.

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

PTY to SWA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the PTY to SWA flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Panama City. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.1, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SWA, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into PTY. Thursdays are the most expensive days to fly to Shantou, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Panama City. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $199 (11%) 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 $1652. Return trip prices are from the SWA 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 SWA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 18 hour 52 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking PTY to SWA

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from PTY to SWA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Paris (PTY > CDG > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1213
  • Average savings: $377 (23.69%)

See PTY to FRA flights

Hack #2: Frankfurt (PTY > FRA > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1256
  • Average savings: $333 (20.96%)

See PTY to CDG flights

Hack #3: Madrid (PTY > MAD > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1266
  • Average savings: $323 (20.33%)

See PTY to MAD flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Air China, Air France, American, China Southern, COPA, Delta, KLM, Lufthansa, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Waisha Airport to Tocumen International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9938 miles or 15994 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop PTY to SWA flight is about 18 hour 52 minutes.

How many flights go between Panama City and Shantou?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 15 available flights from PTY to SWA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codePTY
Origination airport nameTocumen International Airport
CityPanama City

Return Airport

Destination codeSWA
Destination airport nameWaisha Airport


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