PTY Southern Terminal Costs More Than Expected

Tocumen International Airport’s new Southern Terminal will cost $100 million more  for work not included in the original contract. These necessary additions include a bridge to connect the new structure to the airport, a redesign of the baggage system, expanded taxiways and the possible enlargement of passenger transit areas. The project, awarded to the Brazilian…

Thousands of Turtles Born in Cambutal Every Year

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Some 35,687 turtles have been born over the last four years on the beaches of Cambutal in Panama’s Los Santos Province. According to statistics of the Tortu-Agro environmental group in the region, there were 20 nests with 1,321 baby turtles in 2010; 20 nests with 8,620 baby turtles in 2011;  150 nests with 14,856 baby in 2012; and 110…

Third Bridge over Panama Canal on Track

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The construction of third bridge over the Panama Canal is 12 percent complete and should be ready in 2016 as planned. Designed by the China Communications Construction Company and Louis Berger Group in 2011, the four-lane, cable-stayed bridge is being built by the French contractor VINCI Construction Grands Projets for $366 million. It  is part of the Panama…

Tropical Cruises Announces Panama-Colombia Ferry

Starting October 24, Tropical Cruises will launch ferry service from Panama to Colombia. The Adriatic, a 540-foot cruise liner, accommodates 1,000 passengers, 300 crew and 500 cars. Onboard amenities include three restaurants, a nightclub, a casino and duty free shop An 18-hour route will depart Panama for Cartagena from the port of Colon at 7 p.m. on…

Gang Hits Panama City Restaurants

A group of criminals with extensive rap sheets held up at least 11 Panama City restaurants this month. Police say that the armed Panamanian gang’s modus of operandi is to arrive in rented cars and make off with the restaurant’s cash register, as well as client phones, wallets and jewelry. Businesses attacked include Brujas de Cachiches in Obarrio, El Tambal on Vía Porras, Peskito and El…

State of Emergency Declared in Chiriqui

Heavy rains caused the Chiriqui Viejo River to overflow on Sunday, wreaking havoc on the neighboring communities of Cerro Punta. According to the National Civil Protection System, there are nine fatalities, five missing, 93 people affected, roads and bridges washed out and over 42 homes damaged or destroyed. After visiting the area Sunday night, President Juan Carlos Varela declared a state of emergency…