On February 18, 2008, TACA had its inaugural flight to David, beginning a service that will allow travelers to come to David without spending the night in Panama City. I was fortunate enough to have an invitation to this event, and what an event it was. The first thing I noticed, when I entered the airport, was that TACA has taken a visual position at the Aero Perlas area.
Since this was the inaugural flight, it was delayed in San Jose for a special inspection. While we were waiting, we moved to the waiting area and several speakers took the floor. First was Ricardo Zárate, who is the manager of sales for TACA in Panama.
The gentleman in the green shirt had come to see the arrival. He was a TACA employee 45 years ago and told many stories about David at that time. He was followed by Señorita Lucy, Viaje Crisol. She is a wealth of information about David and Chiriquí. If I understood her correctly, the David Airport served as a US base during WWII.
Even with the delay, the time passed quickly and soon the plane arrived.
A pavilion had been set up outside and there were presentations and ribbon cutting ceremonies. Speaking, in the following photo, is the minister of tourism in Costa Rica. To his right is Costa Rica’s Ambassador to Panama. To his right is Rubin Blades’ representative (she delivered a very good speech). To the left of the speaker is the ambassador of Panama to Costa Rica and next to him the President of TACA.
Fernando Naranjo (TACA’s president), spoke of this inaugural flight opening a new relationship between Costa Rica and Panama and how important it would be to tourism to both countries.
I’ll drink to that.
There was another ticket drawing, and with even stronger positive thinking, I still didn’t get my name called. Bummer!
There was a lot of entertainment for this special occasion. All was provided by the Academia de Proyecciones Folklorieas. The following young men and women provided the entertainment and I felt they needed special thanks for doing so.
Here are some individual photos of the young ladies.
Here is a photo of their partners.
Here is a brief video of the dancers.
To see the previous post, related to the new TACA flights, go HERE.