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More passengers arrive to Rio Hato Airport. The traffic of visitors arriving at the Scarlett Martinez International Airport, in the Cocle province has improved significantly in 2016 in comparison with last year, revealed a report sent by the Civil Aviation Authority to the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP).
Taking as a base the two airlines that have charter flights from the Rio Hato Terminal, (Sunwing and Air Transat), the number of passengers increased by 62.9% in 2016, which represents 11,847 more passengers in comparison with 2015.
This report shows that Air Transat had an increased of 258.7%, which signifies that it had 8,050 more passengers than in 2015. Likewise, Sunwing also improved their influx of travellers by 24.2%, that is 3,797 more holidaymakers in comparison with last year.
According to the statistics during 2016 around 30,670 passengers passed through this terminal surpassing significantly the number of travellers that came in 2015, which was only 18,823.
On the other hand, the reports indicates that February was the month with the influx of passengers, with 6,051 visitors, a great increase in comparison for the same period in 2015 where only 2,422 visited the area. This means a raise of 149.0 % for that month.
The ATP considers that these variations are positive and encouraging for the local tourist sector. Recently this organization began an international advertising campaign that seeks to sell the country as a tourist destination abroad and to achieve this, it will be exploiting the country’s historical sites, natural resources and the expanded Canal, that has become one of the key places to visit in 2017.
The Scarlett Martinez International Airport is located over 100 kilometers from Panama City, in Rio Hato, Cocle province.
It was originally established in 1931 by the Sixth Air Force of the United States under the name of the Rio Hato Air Force Base and was part of the Panama Canal defenses. It was closed in 1948.
In 2011, after studies and consultations to establish an international airport in the country central provinces, it was decided to rebuild the old military base. It was re-inaugurated on November 13, 2013 with its current name. It received its first flight on April 4, 2014, with the arrival of the Canadian airline Sunwing Airlines plane.
The airport runway can receive boeing 757-200,boeing 737-900,boeing 787-8 and airbus a330-200.