Expectations for Expansion of Tocumen

Terminal 2, whose opening is scheduled for next year, promises to improve conditions at the Panamanian airport, making it competitive with other hubs in Latin America.

Friday, August 24, 2018

The new Terminal 2, which is 92% complete, will have capacity to serve aircraft in 20 contact doors and 8 remote locations, taxiways, parking platform and aircraft circulation, adding up to pavement surface measuring more than 250,000 square meters.

Regarding the implications of the expanded airport for the airline industry, Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines, told Martesfinanciero.com that "...  For most of the airlines that operate in Tocumen, this expansion will have immediate benefits, in particular, solving the problem of lack of boarding gates which was affecting growth possibilities, the efficiency of operations and the service given to passengers."
 
On the need for further growth of the airport in the long term, Heilbron pointed out the need to start thinking about terminal 3, which was included in the original design of T2. 

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