Panama: $6 million to Expand Airport

$6 million will be allocated to expanding the runway and passenger terminal of the Isla Colón airport in Bocas del Toro.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Civil Aviation Authority (AAC) has announced that work is expected to begin on the expansion of the air terminal at the beginning of next year.

Afredo Fonseca Mora, director of the AAC, explained to that "..."The first thing we must resolve is the transfer of an area that is located at the end of the track, which is used by the community for sports activities, a situation that shouldnt be happening because it is within the safety perimeter of the air terminal."

"... The official explained to the Budget Committee of the National Assembly the plans that the institution will execute next year, for which it will manage a budget of $66.8 million. For next year the AAC had requested more than $116 million, but the Ministry of Economy and Finance cut $50 million."

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Panama: Preparations for Closure of Colon Airport

April 2017

Local businessmen have proposed the temporary closure, for 30 days in May, or between September and October, and in the meantime the logistics needed are being evaluated, in order to generate the least possible impact on tourism on the island.

The plan by the Civil Aviation Authority is to improve airport infrastructure on Isla Colón, for which the terminal will be need to be closed for a period of at least 30 days. The remodeling project includes changing the asphalt on the runway.

Another Proposal to Enable Flights to Airport in Colon

January 2017

In partnership with a foreign airline Tocumen S.A. will carry out a feasibility study on implementing regular flights to the Enrique Jimenez airport in Colon.

The terminal, in which $58 million was invested and which still does not receive flights, could start to recover if the plan by administrator, Tocumen S.A. is successful.

Panama: Business Sought for Colon Airport

May 2015

The air terminal built during the Martinelli administration does not receive any commercial flights and Tocumen SA is looking for alternative uses for it in order to make it profitable.

The airport, which required an investment of $58 million, does not operate commercial flights, therefore Tocumen SA is analyzing different alternatives to find another use for the terminal so that it can start generating profits.

Tocumen SA to Manage Three More Airports

June 2012

The airports of David, Rio Hato and Colón will change administration to be run by the same company that runs the Panama International Airport.

"The assets and liabilities of the airports of David, Rio Hato and Colon -terminals that are administered by the Autoridad Aeronáutica Civil (AAC) - will be transferred to "without consideration of payment" to Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen, S.A., as stipulated in executive Order No. 654 of June 5, 2012 and which was registered in the Official Gazette yesterday", reported

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