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Canadian airlines Sunwing Airlines and Air Transat increased the frequencies of their charter flights to the province of Coclé, in the interior of Panama, due to the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere, official sources said.
Tocumen, the public entity that manages all Panamanian airports, said in a statement that the airlines would each make two more flights each week to the Scarlett Martínez airfield, located in Río Hato.
"Between the two Canadian airlines, there will be a total of 8 weekly flights on Monday, Thursday and Friday, projecting a movement of about 35,000 additional passengers," said the public institution.
Between January and September of this year, 47,368 passengers passed through the Scarlett Martínez terminal in 1,654 flights, according to Tocumen data.
Coclé is a province located 100 kilometers west of the Panamanian capital, whose coastline is included in the so-called "Riviera Pacífica", a beach area recently promoted by the Panamanian Government.
Tourism represents around 10 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) of Panama, one of the most dynamic countries in the region, which in 2017 experienced an economic growth of 5.4 percent.
According to data from the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), in 2017, 2.5 million foreign tourists arrived in the country, which spent 4,451 million dollars, representing an increase of 3.8 percent over the previous year.