In countries where airlines work closely with airport authorities and governments, the sector's development has been remarkable, as is the case of Panama.
Air connectivity in Latin America and the Caribbean is expensive: there are 130 different taxes on airfare, costs which are charged to companies, individual travelers, the aviation industry and tourism in general. Therefore, in countries where airlines work closely with airport authorities and governments, the sector's development has been remarkable, said Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to Martesfinanciero.com.
The FAA is studying investing in the airfields of Tonosí, Puerto Armuelles, Puerto Obaldia and Jaqué and in a new administration building.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced that they are considering renovating the runways at air terminals in Tonosi (Los Santos), Puerto Armuelles (Chiriqui), Puerto Obaldia (Guna Yala) and Jaque (Darien) having found them in poor condition. The amount of investment required is still under study.
With a school of aeronautical firefighters, a center for aircraft maintenance and better programs of aviation mechanics, the country aims to become a regional aviation cluster.
Although the promised expansion of the international airport Ronulfo Monsignor is still going at a slow pace, the area of aviation training and commercial aircraft maintenance is prepared to improve its services and turn the country into a hub for the aircraft industry at the regional level. Mario Martinez, director of the Central Institute of Aeronautics Training (ICCAE), told Elsalvador.com that "... it is right time for the country to take advantage of all the elements that it can intergrate in order to be eligible to be a cluster in the coming years. 'The location we have is key. We can create a first class logistics platform. '"
In 40 thousand square meters of the Enrique Jimenez airport, a repair station for commercial wide-body aircraft will be set up, with an investment of $35 million.
The Board of Directors of Tocumen SA has endorsed the proposal originally presented in July by an enterprise founded on foreign capital, now associated and represented by local investors, to develop a maintenance workshop at the airport in Colon to provide aircraft servicing.
In the project for a fourth bridge over the Canal consideration is being given to relocating the activities currently carried out in the airport Marcos A. Gelabert, to the airport at Howard.
Directors of the Panamanian Aviation Association (APA) expressed their disagreement over the possible closure of the airport in Albrook to lawmakers in the Commission on Communication and Transport of the National Assembly.
A proposal has been made to build a maintenance workshop for commercial aircraft in an area of 8 hectares in the Enrique Jimenez airport, with an investment of $35 million.
The project was proposed to Tocumen SA by a foreign company, and the proposal has already been presented to the Board of Directors of Tocumen, and "the proponent is expected to close the financing stage in order to make progress 'as soon as possible'".
The air terminal built during the Martinelli administration does not receive any commercial flights and Tocumen SA is looking for alternative uses for it in order to make it profitable.
The airport, which required an investment of $58 million, does not operate commercial flights, therefore Tocumen SA is analyzing different alternatives to find another use for the terminal so that it can start generating profits. One option is to use the facilities to host an aviation school.
Juan Carlos Varela, President of the Republic of Panama and Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, witnessed a historic agreement in which Copa Airlines (NYSE: CPA) and Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced the order of 61 737s MAX 8 and 9. The total value of the deal is $6.6 billion dollars, according to the published price list, making this the largest transaction between a Panamanian and a US company.
As part of a plan to invest $100 million purchase of two aircraft for use in rescues, weather radar and the building of a network of heliports is being contemplated.
Although the five-year plan is still under development, the director of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Alfredo Fonseca Mora said he also sees "... the possibility of building an airstrip in Tonosí, Los Santos, and Santa Catalina, in Veraguas there is potential for tourism because of its beaches where international surfing competitions are held. "
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