Martinelli Inspects Construction Progress At The New Rio Hato Airport
Friday, November 09 2012 @ 03:02 pm EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
While inspecting the progress the tunnel Martinelli said there is much interest in Colombia, Brazil, and other countries to fly "charter" flights directly to this new airport, which will increase the tourism potential for the region.
The president said this province already has a large agricultural sector as well as tourism, and it is now positioned to be one of the most productive areas of the country, which will improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. "We decided to build an airport in this area, and we are sure it will be a mainstay of the province," said Martinelli.
The "Scarlett Martínez International Airport at Río Hato" is being built at a cost of $52 million, and is expected to be completed in 2013.
Editor's Comment: Right now anyone who wants to visit Panama's beaches on the Pacific side of the country have to first fly into the Tocumen International Airport, and then it's about a two hour drive (or more) to get to some of the larger resorts such as the Decameron or Playa Blanca. Once this new airport opens, tour operators can book flights that will land directly there. Some of these operations can fill and entire plane of vacationers, and cutting a long bus ride off of the commute to get there makes it even more attractive. I'm sure there will be domestic hops out of Albrook in Panama City as well.