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Enrique Malek International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Enrique Malek
IATA: DAV – ICAO: MPDA

Enrique Malek
International Airport
Enrique Malek
International Airport (Panama)
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Direccion Nacional De Aeronautica Civil
Elevation AMSL 89 ft / 27 m
Coordinates 8°23′28″N 82°25′56″W / 8.39111°N 82.43222°W / 8.39111; -82.43222Coordinates: 8°23′28″N 82°25′56″W / 8.39111°N 82.43222°W / 8.39111; -82.43222
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 6,890 2,100 Asphalt

Main Terminal Building

Enrique Malek International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Enrique Malek) is an international airport located in the city of David, Chiriquí in the Republic of Panama. Enrique Malek International Airport was first built in 1941 as part as an agreement between the U.S and Panama on defense sites to defend the Panama Canal from axis threat.

History

Known as David Field or San Jose Field during World War II, the airport was an auxiliary of Howard Field. It accommodated a variety of United States Army Air Force personnel, dedicated for the most part in training and reconnaissance missions over the Southeast Pacific coastline, from Honduras in the north, to Peru in the south as part of the defense of the Panama Canal.

Wartime units assigned to the airfield were:

  • 397th Bombardment Squadron (6th Bombardment Group), 11 December 1941-18 August 1942 (B-18 Bolo, B-17 Flying Fortress)
  • 45th Bombardment Squadron (40th Bombardment Group), 13 November 1942-18 February 1943 (LB-30 (B-24A) Liberator)
  • 3d Bombardment Squadron (VI Bomber Command), 12 March-1 April 1943; 11 June 1943-6 April 1944; 8 December 1944-28 October 1945 (B-17 Flying Fortress)

In July 13, 1943 there was an accident in this airfield that claimed the life of 12 airmen when their B-17 Flying Fortress stalled during approach and crashed in the runway.

Aftermath

After the conflict, the field was renewed and modernized to improve its facilities and is now used for international flights. At present, the airport, now under the name of Enrique Malek International Airport is serving the Chiriquí Province province as a civil airport, is the second largest international airport in Panama.

During heavy travel times, the airport registers 900 operations monthly, serving approximately 20,000 passengers from Mexico, the United States, Canada and Central America.

The airport ramp and fueling facilities where expanded between 2008 and 2009.

An estimated US $12,000,000.00 improvement fund has been passed by the Panamanian legislature that will include runway expansion. This runway expansion project allows for heavy aircraft. Additionally the DAV perimeter fencing, first responders, hospitals, security, baggage claim, and terminal facilities are all included in the pending expansion.

In early 2009, the Chiriqui regional director for the Authority of Civil Aeronautics (AAC), Inés de Esquivel, informed La Estrella: “...in the last five years, $1.5 million dollars in investments have been made for the improvement of various areas at the Enrique Malek airport.” [1].

In October 2009, a campaign for Direct flights between DAV (David) and the USA was relaunched and statistics are being kept of passengers interested in travel along this future route.DAV Direct Blog

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Panama Bocas Del Toro, Panama-Albrook, San Jose
Aeroperlas Bocas Del Toro, Panama-Albrook
Sansa Airlines San Jose


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General Info
Country Panama
ICAO ID MPDA
Time UTC-5
Latitude 8.391003
08° 23' 27.61" N
Longitude -82.434992
082° 26' 05.97" W
Elevation 89 feet
27 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 001° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Near City David
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
MALEK TWR 118.7
122.6
GND 121.7
PANAMA APP
H24.
119.7
119.2
123.3
121.2
PANAMA CON
H24
133.0
123.9
SOUTH SECTOR


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
04/22 6890 x 148 feet
2100 x 45 meters
ASPHALT - NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME DAV DAVID 090X 114.3 At Field -
NDB DAV DAVID - 350 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A, without icing inhibitor.


Remarks
CAUTION PAPI Rwy 22 O/S UFN. Twy C clsd UFN.
CSTMS/AG/IMG CSTMS and IMG Opr 1100-2300Z, OT O/R.
FUEL Avbl 1100-2100Z. (NC-100LL, J)
OPR HOURS Opr 1100-0100Z, 1100-2300Z for intl flt.



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