The runway will be extended so that the construction of the fourth bridge over the Canal does not affect the operation of Marcos Gelabert airport.
The initial idea of moving the operations of the Marcos Gelabert airport to Panama Pacifico was not well received at the time by the Panamanian aviation union, which argued the need to maintain operations there given its strategic location.
With a feasibility study which could be ready in early 2016, Tocumen SA will decide whether it would be feasible or not to transfer the Marcos Gelabert Airport to installations at Panama Pacifico.
After talk about the possibility of moving the operations at Marcos Gelabert Airport to the Panamá Pacífico Terminal, Tocumen SA has announced that it has hired the company Sociedad Aeropuertos de París (ADP), to carry out a study and determine whether it would be feasible to make the change.
In the project for a fourth bridge over the Canal consideration is being given to relocating the activities currently carried out in the airport Marcos A. Gelabert, to the airport at Howard.
Directors of the Panamanian Aviation Association (APA) expressed their disagreement over the possible closure of the airport in Albrook to lawmakers in the Commission on Communication and Transport of the National Assembly.
In a reversal of the decision of having them administered by Tocumen SA, the airports of David, Colon and Rio Hato will be granted in concession to private companies.
The Panamanian government now believes that it would not be suitable for Tocumen SA to manage – along with Tocumen International Airport - these airport terminals, which are being remodeled at a cost of $138 million.
The Government will make the investment over the next three years by remodeling major airports.
Civil Aviation Authority has already called six bids to work on remodeling different airports. The largest contract to date was awarded to Meco for Enrique Jimenez Airport´s expansion in the province of Colon.
The Panamanian aviation authority (AAC) has given the companies Meco and CUSA the order to begin work.
Meco, at a cost of $3.44 million, will be in charge of the runway improvements while the $2.99 million paid to Constructora Urbana S.A. (CUSA) will go toward the design and construction of a new taxiway.
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