The current terminal at Tocumen International Airport is at bursting point, but good news is at hand as, eventually, the new terminal is set to open.
Over recent months, designed by architect firm Foster and Partners, terminal 2 has being using a small number of gates but all the check in, immigration and security has still been taking place in Terminal 1.
On February 29, Tocumen Terminal 2 will begin a verification period of all systems, finishes and other operational areas of the new terminal prior fully opening.
Once Terminal 2 finally opens, up to 40% of passengers are expected to move over from Terminal 1.
Tocumen Airport Terminal 2
The modern four-level building was built with a cost of US$918 million and includes duty-free commercial areas, restaurants, VIP lounges, Customs/Immigration offices, among other airport facilities,
This will strength Panama as a platform for connections for the Americas and gateway to Central America.
There airport will have about 1,700 parking lots and, furthermore, it has been foreseen that with the implementation of the new suitcase system that will work in a synchronized manner between terminals T1 and T2, about 7,200 baggage per hour can be moved, verified, organized and delivered.
With the new airport facilities, the Tocumen International Airport will increase its capacity from 34 to 54 passenger boarding and disembarking gates, to which eight remote stations are added.
With the start of operations of the new T2, Tocumen International Airport will extend the surface of taxiways and aircraft platforms, raing from 970,000 m2 to 1 million 351 thousand square meters, allowing to reduce waiting times for passengers, as well as speeding up the arrival and departure of planes.
Currently the airport receives 15 million passengers and with the new terminal it expands this capacity to receive 25 million per year.
Duty Free Space
Motta Internacional and Duty Free Americas (DFA) have been awarded the duty free concessions at Tocumen International Airport Terminal 2.
The concession covers of traditional duty free space covering a mix of categories including fragrances and cosmetics, liquor and tobacco and sunglasses.