New Rio Hato airport to be inaugurated in July 2013

President Ricardo Martinelli, with the Minister of Public Works, Jaime Ford, conducted an inspection of the construction project of the Scarlett Martinez Airport at Rio Hato.

They also inspected the tunnel on the Panamerican Highway under the runway, work that will be the first of its kind in Latin America.

President Ricardo Martinelli and the Minister of Public Works, Jaime Ford, inspect the tunnel at Rio Hato.

President Ricardo Martinelli and the Minister of Public Works, Jaime Ford, inspect the tunnel at Rio Hato.

“The airport, which will open in July 2013, will become one of the main projects in Cocle province, generating thousands of jobs in tourism, agriculture and real estate,” the President told the news media attending the inspection.

He explained that the airport is 70 percent complete and will benefit a population of 228,676 inhabitants, which he considers positive because the region is characterized by farming families who will be able to cater to current and future resorts or hotels in the area.

Martinelli said that this airport not only benefits the region, but will contribute to increasing tourism in the country as cheap “charter” flights come from Europe and South America, which will result in the generation of new jobs.

This work, being carried out by Meco, SA, is being built at a cost of $35,968,200 and the project involves the design and construction of the tunnel, which has a length of 170 meters and will have two lanes in both directions, contemplating the addition of a third.

This modern airport in Rio Hato will have a length of 2,450 meters, with 55 meters of land leveling on both sides of the edge of the runway, a width of 45 meters and 7.50 meters of runway shoulders at both ends.

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