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Offline InterpreDemon

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VP Biden clogs up Panama City
« on: November 19, 2013, 10:32:29 PM »
An Airborne Express captain is stuck on the tarmac at 1AM due to the earlier evening arrival of the VP.

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Re: VP Biden clogs up Panama City
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2013, 11:01:36 AM »
Nice find ID!  You can tell dispatch was pleased...
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Re: VP Biden clogs up Panama City
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2013, 12:42:00 PM »
Yeah, it's not clear to me what the "clean-up" was that they were talking about. It was either that DHL was contracted to bring down a couple plane loads of support equipment for the VP, or normal operations got backed up during Biden's arrival and DHL has gate priority. Perhaps Panama is a Central American hub for DHL or something and ABEX uses their facilities.
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Re: VP Biden clogs up Panama City
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2013, 02:26:54 PM »
InterpreDemon, you are right, Panama is a hub for DHL Aero Expreso (D5). Furthermore, the VIP terminal AND the cargo terminal are near the end of RWY 03L/21R, so most likely that area was blocked during this period.

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Re: VP Biden clogs up Panama City
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2013, 05:06:01 PM »
Aisman, thanks for the info, an amazing knowledge base we have here at LiveATC.
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