Panama: Investments in Regional Airports

Tocumen is preparing a plan to tender several expansion works and equipment at the airfields of Panama Pacific, David, Colon and Rio Hato.

Monday, October 3, 2016

One of the regional airports where Tocumen plans to invest in order to improve its functionality is Panama Pacific, which is projected to double capacity of the terminal in order to handle five flights simultaneously instead of two, increasing the number of airline counters from 3 to 7 and improving the waiting area for departing passengers and the migration area.

Prensa.com explains that "... they will also be installing moving belts for luggage. Likewise, work will also be done on the lighting and horizontal and vertical signage on the runway and taxiways in order to conform to international standards and growth projections for the Tocumen terminal, as well as various safety aspects."

For the Enrique Malek Airport in David, several improvements will also be made. "... Before the end of this year a tender will be launched for the expansion and improvement of its platform, which will cost about $1 million. The 226,162 passengers who arrived at the airport with Air Panama and Copa Airlines in the first eight months of the year suggest that the total figure for 2016 will surpass the 260,603 transported in 2015. "

And for 2017, "...The tenders scheduled for 2017 include a new fuel system; adjustments to the terminal's rescue and fire fighting station; coffee shops; FBO services (business aviation); lighting for the runways, taxiways and platform and expanding the parking lots."

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A statement by the Presidency of Panama reads:

January 2013

President Ricardo Martinelli inaugurated the expansion of the terminal and runway at the Enrique Maleck airport, with an investment of over $27 million which has transformed the airfield into an international airport.

The president explained that this work will result in an increase in tourism and exports and other linked business activities will also grow.

Panama: $ 200 Million in Airport Infrastructure

February 2011

The Government is investing in construction, expansion and rehabilitation of airports nationwide.

Within airport investments is the expansion of Tocumen International Airport with the "Muelle Norte" which requires an investment of approximately $ 100 million and is currently 51% completed.

Panama: $ 100 Million for Airport Infrastructure

October 2010

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.

Panama: $25 Million for New Airport

February 2010

The Panamanian Economy Minister informed that a new air terminal will be built in the province of Chiriquí.

Minister Dulcidio de la Guardia also explained that they are preparing the bidding rules, and expect to begin the bidding process in February.

Newspaper Panamá América reported that “The state’s plans include extending the runway at airport Enrique Malek, in David”.

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