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The Panama Pacifico International Airport, located in the former military base of Howard, has taken its first steps to become the first terminal in the region to serve low-cost airlines. From the beginning of August, 11 international flights will be departing from there to Colombia.
Rosa Muñoz, Panama Pacifico Airport director, said that she was very proud to have the first commercial airline, VivaColombia, using this terminal and that it took a lot of work to achieve this goal.
Talking about the possibility of other airlines utilizing the airport, Muñoz said: “Our intention is for the Panama Pacifico terminal to become a complement of the main airport, Tocumen International. After all, this is the first low-cost airport of the region. It is also expected to be used by cargo airlines, because it is in the middle of the Panama Pacifico economic zone.”
The airport underwent a two-year renovation at a cost of $950,000 and now has customs, a new terminal and one of the best runways in the country, capable of receiving 757 aircraft. So far, the airport has received private and charter planes, but the main objective at the moment is to attract other commercial airlines that could take advantage of its proximity to the Colon Free Zone, Panama City and the Pacific beaches.