The new lock on the Atlantic, which is furthest along in the expansion project, would be the first to operate, and a cruise could be the first ship to pass through, Panama Canal Authority (ACP) administrator Jorge Luis Quijano said yesterday. Speaking at the Panama Maritime XI Conference on the expansion project, Quijano gave an update that the entire public works is nearly 53% completed.
With over 25 fair tents from various rural communities and the support of government entities, the XXXII National Orange Fair in Churuquita Chiquita, in northern Penonomé, starts today.

After several weeks of preparation, the long-awaited Miss Panama beauty pageant has reached its final stretch. Ilka Ender, one of the pageant organizers, commented that it has been a very difficult process to select the candidates, as they had to choose only 19 girls out of the 97 who registered for the competition.

The preliminary round is programmed for this coming March 4 at 8:00 p.m. in the Hotel Riu, where 12 contestants will be selected for the grand final, which will take place on April 30 at 8:00 p.m. in the Anayansi Theater. 

Panama is part of the plans of two major companies in international aviation.

Both the U.S. company United, which merged with Continental in 2012, and the German airline Lufthansa did not rule out increasing their presence in the Panamanian market. Salvador Marrero, the executive director for United in Central America, explained that the airline manages nine hubs in the United States, and therefore there are possibilities to establish new flights between the two countries.

Lufthansa might be evaluating the possibility of establishing a direct flight to Panama. The airline recently appointed a sales manager for the Panamanian market, and so the connections from the Tocumen airport hub to European destinations and those currently offered from countries like Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico, are expected to be promoted.