With the purpose of increasing its annual capacity to house visitors (from 12 million that are served today to 25 million in 2025), Panama undertook four years ago the Expansion Project of Tocumen International Airport, one of the most important airports in Latin America , which culminated with the opening of Terminal 2 (T2).
This expansion exceeds 800 million dollars, according to the information available, it began to operate partially with the opening of 5 doors, while the remaining 15 that compose it will be enabled in the next few months of this year 2019.
The T2 is a work of relevant architectural value with the seal of quality of the prestigious British firm Foster and Partners. It is a resistant earthquake construction, avant-garde, has special systems of the latest technology and became an iconic building for the country and a benchmark in engineering and architecture in Latin America.
The new terminal measures 650 meters in length and up to 30 meters in height and will have an area of approximately 116 thousand square meters, divided into four levels and will have about 1,700 parking spaces.
It is foreseen that with the implementation of the new suitcase system that will work in an integrated manner between terminals T1 and T2, they can move, care, organize and deliver about 7,200 baggage per hour.
The T2 will have 20 boarding gates and 8 remote positions, which added to the existing 34 and 4 remote ones in the T1 will total 66 boarding points. This is the reason why the country is betting on its new terminal, since currently the existing operating space works at 100% of its capacity and could not continue to offer a quality service if they did not focus on growth objectives.
T2 operations have contributed to the generation of employment in the country, generating around 5,500 direct and indirect jobs, of which 98% are Panamanian labor. In this way, it adds 5% more directly to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and increase the share that tourism and the airline industry contributes to GDP, to 12%.
Tocumen is the main Operations Hub of Copa Airlines and Star Alliance hub for Latin America and the Caribbean.