Tocumen International Airport expansion

mth_pia_view14_a091Tocumen International Airport has decided to bet big. Expected to double its capacity to service 18 million passengers for 2016 with an aggressive investment plan.

Considered a strategic point for air links between the Americas and the cornerstone of the logistics and multimodal transport, Tocumen International Airport is in constant evolution and modernization to meet its growing demand for passenger and cargo.
Given the increased air operations in Panama, and thanks to the sustained growth of the country as a destination for tourism and business, it is experiencing a new airport terminal renovation and expansion of its structure, becoming one of the most modern airports technologically advanced in Central and South America.

The main air terminal in Panama inaugurated the North Terminal in January, with an investment of $ 100 million, which is a building with two levels of 21,000 square meters. After having opened the North Terminal, the construction of the new South Terminal began in mid-February, in order to overcome the lack of spaces for shipments in the current passenger terminal. This new project includes commercial and hotel infrastructure with an investment of approximately $ 679 million. That’s what it aims to be completed by 2014 by the administration of Tocumen, SA. The new South Terminal comprises about 50,000 square meters of construction and will include new areas of immigration and customs, parking lots, commercial areas and will process up to 15 million passengers a year – explained Juan Carlos Pino, manager of Tocumen, SA.

The expansion project of Tocumen International Airport, which will be built on an estimated area of ​​150 hectares, was conceived with the objective of maximizing the potential of the main international air gateway of Panama.
This new terminal will be built by the Brazilian company Norberto Odebrecht Construction, which was awarded with the contract to work on the project, that will involve a total investment of $ 679 million.
After completing the expansion, the airport will have 141,000 meters square and 54 boarding gates.

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