The new terminal of the Tocumen International Airport, the largest in Panama, predicts the begining of operations from January 2019, with its facilities working partially, an official source reported today.
The airport that is in full expansion with the project of terminal two (T2), a project of 800 million dollars, is developed "according to the established work schedule", the administration of Tocumen S.A. indicated its statement.
The Vice President of Engineering and Projects of Tocumen, Mario Caparroso, pointed out that the expansion of the new infrastructures will register a physical progress of 90 percent and a financial gain
of 92 percent.
"Starting in January, for World Youth Day, T2 will have five temporary boarding doors operating and it is expected that by the end of June 2019, it will be operating in full," the vice president added.
Caparroso explained that in regard to the internal and external phases of construction, the T2 records advances such as: the roof (95 percent); curtain wall (98 percent); escalators (95 percent); floors (75 percent); painting of roof metal structure (95 percent) and moving sidewalks (98 percent).
As well as the roof installation (95 percent); concrete walls (95 percent); taxiways (98 percent); boarding doors (90 percent) and fuel tanks (75 percent).
According to official data, the modern terminal will mobilize 9 million additional passengers and will generate an estimate - together with Terminal 1 - of 13,000 dir ct and indirect jobs.
Tocumen, considered the Hub of the Americas, makes 400 daily flights to more than 80 destinations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, has annual passenger traffic of 15 million people and is one of the main
connection terminals in Latin America.
With the start-up of Terminal 2, it will increase by: 20 new boarding gates and 8 remote positions, for a total of 54 aircraft contact positions and 12 remote positions between both terminals.