International Airports in the Region

In terms of how modern the infrastructure for air transport is, Panama leads the field, followed distantly by Costa Rica.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

"None of the airports in Central America comes close to knocking Tocumen off its number one position in the ranking by Skytrax, nor the ranking by the World Economic Forum. The latter measures the quality of infrastructure for air travel in the country , where Panama climbed from 38th place in 2007 to last year reach the prestigious position of sixth place," reported

For its part, Costa Rica climbed just six places (66-60) from 2007 to 2012, even though out of all the countries in the region, it has the most ambitious package of projects to expand and modernize three secondary bases and Juan Santamaria airport.

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With an investment of $100 million the works of the Panama Airport North Terminal have been inaugurated.

A press release from the Tourism Authority of Panama reads:

The north terminal at Tocumen International Airport has been formally opened, a project which was developed with an investment of $100 million, as part of the expansion and remodeling of the main air terminal in Panama.