Panama’s New International Airport

PANAMANIAN PRESIDENT Ricardo Martinelli has announced the location for the nation’s new international airport; it will be built close to the Pacific beach town of Rio Hato. The government has been studying alternatives for another international facility for a number of years and has selected Rio Hato, which is approximately a two-hour car journey from the capital, because it will allow airlines and tour operators to fly straight into the nearby beach resorts rather than having to stage through Panama City. The area is also one of cheapest in which to build, with the government estimating it will costing around $33 million to upgrade Rio Hato’s existing infrastructure, compared to the $1 billion required to develop a greenfield site.