The Panamanian government has invested over U.S. $200 million in restructuring and modernizing its airports, including Enrique Malek (Chiriquí) and Enrique A. Jiménez (Colón). The Scarlett Martínez Airport in Río Hato was recently built as part of this renovation of the country's aviation industry.
The division director explained that these three projects were promised by the current administration, earmarked at U.S. $27,478,845 (Enrique Malek - Chiriquí), U.S. $58,349,314.02 (Enrique Jiménez - Colón), and U.S. $17,300,000 (Scarlett Martínez - RíoHato). The airport landing strips are designed for Boeing 757-200 aircraft, with capacity for up to 228 passengers on charter flights, and the terminal is equipped for about 500 passengers, both arriving and departing.
Figures for tourism fluctuated by 1,281,911 visitors from January to July 2013, which is a 4% increase, or 45,504 additional tourists, compared to the same period in 2012.