Panama: Tocumen Airport began processing passengers in new Terminal 2
The Tocumen International Airport in Panama City began this morning the processing of passengers entering and leaving the country through Terminal 2.
The new work, which increases the operational capacity of the airport to 54 boarding gates and 12 remote aircraft parking positions, facilitates connections between continents with flights to more than 80 different destinations in America and Europe.
The Panamanian airline Copa Airlines becomes the first to fully offer airport services from the new T2, and later KLM, United Airlines and Air France will do so, respectively, the Tocumen administration reported.
At 5:40 am this Wednesday, June 22, Copa Airlines flight 214 arrived from Guayaquil (Ecuador), thus becoming the first operation, whose passengers were fully processed in modern facilities.
Airport authorities reported that, on this day, Copa Airlines is scheduled to process passengers corresponding to 283 arrival and departure flights, of which 6,487 are travelers entering or emigrating from the country. In total, more than 36,935 airline passengers depart or arrive at Tocumen International Airport during this date.
Likewise, all passengers on domestic and international Copa Airlines flights with origin or final destination in Panama City must go through the check-in, immigration, security, baggage claim and customs processes, as appropriate, in the new and modern facilities. of Terminal 2, regardless of the gate at which your flight departs or arrives, the company added in a statement.
The General Manager of the air terminal, Raffoul Arab, said that “despite the breaches of the contractor, we have carried out the work that is the pride of Panamanians.” He explained “that in addition to its modern facilities, amenities and unmatched air connectivity, the new T2 has the logistical efficiency and security to continue strengthening the competitiveness of Panama with an airport infrastructure of world-class capacity.”
Arab specified that “the new T2 will serve at the same time as a potential global showcase for commercial brands, where they have the opportunity to offer their products to millions of people from different parts of the world. —In the Duty Free area we have allocated 150 spaces for shops and 50 for the food court in an area that exceeds 12,900 m²». He assured that the Immigration and Customs areas of Terminal 2 triple the installed capacity in the current Terminal 1.
In terms of access, the main feature of the new airport is a station on Line 2 of the Panama Metro still under construction, 1,426 parking lots for cars (of which 700 will be temporarily free), tourist taxi service, Metro Bus routes, Free cellphone parking and direct access through the boulevard that connects with the Corredor Sur.
The modern baggage transfer, verification, organization and delivery system between Terminal 1 and 2 will be able to move up to 12,000 bags per hour compared to 1,800 in T1 through a BHS that has state-of-the-art security equipment that can detect if the baggage contains prohibited products or objects that may be dangerous.
Regarding its architectural design, T2 is a work of relevant architectural value that bears the seal of quality of the renowned British firm Foster and Partners.
The work, which began in March 2013, has an area of approximately 116,000 m2 distributed over four levels. It measures 662 meters in length, with a connecting building 112 meters long and up to 30 meters high in the main infrastructure.
The new T2 is a modern and technologically advanced building with 20 boarding gates that has the installed capacity to move up to 10 million additional passengers a year: the airport infrastructure has an investment of 917 million dollars, which will translate into social benefits , generation of direct and indirect jobs, attraction of tourism, reactivation of the economy, logistics facilities, competitiveness and promotion of the airline industry in Panama and the region.
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