We have all been watching the progress happening at the old airport in Puerto Armuelles with great anticipation. I was able to get in touch with the key people involved in Puerto’s airport renovations and put together an update for you, as of March 2019.
Since I first came to Puerto Armuelles, in 2013, the airport in town was not operational. The golf course that surrounded the airport had been abandoned. The airport was being used as a place to conduct drag racing events (see video below), a shortcut from town to Retorno, and a place to jog or walk around in the cooler mornings. That all began to change as of April 2018. The airport renovation is being managed by the Autoridad de Aeronautica Civil (Civil Aviation Authority).
The latest news is that the newly renovated Puerto Armuelles Airport will be open in about 3 months, which puts it around June 2019. The old packing facilities, on the oceanside of the airport, have been demolished and removed. There are plans to service both private and commercial aircraft. Private flight plans will have to be arranged through the tower at Enrique Malek International Airport in David, as there will not be a tower in Puerto. The airport will bring another spurt of tremendous growth to Puerto Armuelles and seriously put our town on the map in Panama!
Here are some facts for the nerds out there:
Distance from Enrique Malek International Airport in David is 49 km.
Distance from Tocumen International Airport in Panama City is 393 km.
Here’s a short video I took last year of a plane taking off at the old airport:
Drag Racing was a popular sport that utilized the Puerto Armuelles airport for events.
This is a clip:
The airport is getting a brand new fence all the way around and soon there will be no more unauthorized cars, horses, or people on the new runway ~ just aircraft!