Sunwing to operate first flight to Scarlett Martinez Airport in Panama

TORONTO — The first chartered flight that will arrive at the newly-reopened Scarlett Martinez International Airport in Rio Hato, Panama will come from Canada on April 4, 2014 operated by Sunwing Airlines.

The Scarlett Martinez International Airport was closed for two years and re-opened in November 2013. The Government of Panama issued a rebuild project of the airport back in 2011 through public bidding, at a cost of US$53.2 million.

Sunwing Airlines completed a final inspection of the terminal facilities last month to ensure all aspects of security; customs and immigration are ready for the inaugurual flight.

Sunwing Airlines will operate a Boeing 737-800, with capacity for 160 passengers into Scarlett Martinez International Airport.

The restoration of the airport included the rehabilitation of the runway, the airport terminal, and construction of a tunnel for the Pan-American Highway that previously crossed the runway. The airport will allow Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport to operate as the main hub for connecting business and commercial activity in the region.

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