This April begins the first commercial flight to the International Scarlett Mart­nez Airport in R­o Hato, Panama.

The airport was inaugurated in November 2013 after a $53 million renovation, but has not received any commercial flights yet.

Juan Carlos Pino, Director of Tocumen, S.A, indicated that the name of the company conducting the flight has not been revealed yet, but it will be a chartered flight that goes from Canada directly to the R­o Hato Airport.

This is a large step in the development of Panama’s Pacific Beaches, which have only been accessible by a 2-hour car ride from Panama’s Tocumen International Airport.  Having an airport that airlines can flight directly into will help boost tourism as well as reduce travel times for the residents living in Coronado and surrounding beach areas.

More flights are still being negotiated but Air Canada, Air Transat, Can Jet and Webjet are some of the airlines that showed interest in conducting flights when the airport opened last year. Charted flights from Colombia, Venezuela, and Spain are also in negotiation to service the new Riu Hotel opening at Playa Blanca.


I'm from Louisville, Kentucky and moved to Panama in 2011 to finish a degree in International Business. I enjoyed the hot tropical weather and the lifestyle on offer in Panama City so much that I decided to make it my permanent residence. Follow @JoeyBonura on Twitter and Instagram for more updates on my life in Panama.


  1. Where can I find airline and flight/hotel information from Toronto Canada to Panama using this [RIO HATO] Airport?

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