Wednesday, May 18 2011 @ 09:57 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: There has been some discussion with regards to the location for the new International airport, and picking Rio Hato is the definition of "no brianer." Right now, tourists arriving in Panama City have to ride buses or other forms of transportation for about two hours to get from the Tocumen International Airport to the beach resorts between Chame and Playa Blanca. This new airport will allow planes full of tourists to drop right in there, much closer to their final destinations. The business math makes the decision as to the location. I'm sure Copa explained to the government that they won't be able to fill planes with people who want to go to Santiago, so even if you build it, they won't be doing flights there. Rio Hato is different, however. I wonder if they're ever going to move that stinking dump. You know, the one that Tourism Minister Solomon Shamah promised residents he would have moved back on Saturday, 5 February 2011? He thumped his chest, wagged his finger, made rock solid promises, and then went away, never to return. Ridiculous. Maybe I can get the concession to sell gas masks to the tourists who will be using this new airport? Now that's a potential money maker...