The Scarlett Martínez international airport is now open in Panama’s Cocle Province.
Once the Rio Hato airfield, the terminal was inaugurated on Wednesday – modernized at a cost of $53.2 million. Its 4,300-foot runway can accommodate larger Boeing 757-200 planes in a move to increase tourism and investment along Panama’s Pacific beaches.
The original airfield was built by the United States in 1939 and was used by the U.S. Army Air Forces Sixth Force as part of the defense of the Panama Canal.
It has been renamed for pilot Scarlett Martínez, who accidentally crashed an Aeroperlas aircraft into a into Guna Yala in 2000, killing all ten people aboard.