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Tocumen terminal 2 opening Oct. 2018

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THE NEW  passenger terminal at Tocumen International Airport will open will take place in October 2018 in good time  to be fully operational for  the mass influx of pilgrims to World Youth Day  in early 2019

Tocumen Director made the report to the National Assembly on Thursday Sep.14.

According to Duboy, the construction of Terminal 2 –

Is  75% advanced and  would conclude in September of next year. The new terminal – 116 thousand square meters – built by Odebrecht, will have 20 boarding gates, Duboy said

By the beginning of next year, they will begin with the internal fitting of the terminal equipment, such as the installation of X-ray machines, furniture and immigration centers.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/tocumen-terminal-2-opening-oct-2018

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Tender for New Terminal Space in Tocumen

Authorities at the Panamanian airport announced that on October 30 and 31, the first three commercial premises of the new terminal, which is 75% complete, will be tendered.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Of the first three spaces to be tendered in Terminal 2, two will be used for sales of chocolates and one for watches. The tender documents are already available at a cost of $3,500, said Carlos Duboy, manager of Tocumen S.A.

Prensa.com reports that "...According to the conditions of the tender, in addition to the fee per square meter, Tocumen concessionaires must guarantee a minimum payment to the air terminal, regardless of the volume of sales registered in that period."

"... Among the concessions that will be tendered under Tocumen's internal regulations, and not through Law 22 of Public Contracts, includes an area for restaurants and another for a food court. Spaces will also be tendered for the sale of electronic equipment, cell phones, and luggage, among other things."

Subsequently, a tender will be held to hire two concessionaires who will manage the three blocks of duty free spaces that will operate in the new terminal.

 

http://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Tender_for_New_Terminal_Space_in_Tocumen

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Does anyone know if the new terminal will end the need for the separate domestic terminal (which I never understood in the first place)?

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That's a great question Doug...hopefully with the opening of the new terminal at Tocumen we won't need to be bused any longer for our domestic flights like PTY-DAV or vice versa. Maybe it will be more efficient??

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Tocumen Terminal 2, 83% complete will boost economy

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TERMINAL 2  at Tocumen International Airport is 83%.  complete and it is expected that once operations begin, the Tocumen’s passenger handling capacity of  15.6 million at the end of 2017, will increase by  9 million. The current 34 boarding gates supplying 400 flights a day to 82 destinations will be upped to 54.
 
The new Terminal, 650 meters in length, will allow the Airport to improve the operation of the current Terminal (T1), and will also have an advanced technology, allowing greater comfort for passengers.

When completed, it is expected to provide a boost for tourism and commercial sectors and contribute to socio-economic development, with the growth of the airline industry in Panama.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/business/panama-4/tocumen-international-terminal-83-complete-will-boost-economy

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Expectations for Expansion of Tocumen

Terminal 2, whose opening is scheduled for next year, promises to improve conditions at the Panamanian airport, making it competitive with other hubs in Latin America.

Friday, August 24, 2018

The new Terminal 2, which is 92% complete, will have capacity to serve aircraft in 20 contact doors and 8 remote locations, taxiways, parking platform and aircraft circulation, adding up to pavement surface measuring more than 250,000 square meters.

Regarding the implications of the expanded airport for the airline industry, Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines, told Martesfinanciero.com that "...  For most of the airlines that operate in Tocumen, this expansion will have immediate benefits, in particular, solving the problem of lack of boarding gates which was affecting growth possibilities, the efficiency of operations and the service given to passengers."
 
On the need for further growth of the airport in the long term, Heilbron pointed out the need to start thinking about terminal 3, which was included in the original design of T2.

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Expectations_for_Expansion_of_Tocumen

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Tocumen’s second terminal partly open January 2

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CONSTRUCTION  of Terminal 2  at  Tocumen International Airport, SA  is 90 percent complete and the terminal will be partly operational on January 2, 2019, said  Mario Caparroso, Vice President of Engineering and Projects on Wednesday, September  19.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/tocumen-terminal-2-partly-open-for-new-year

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Panama's  terminal 2 opens April  29

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Posted 28/04/2019

The -$800 million  Terminal 2 at Panama’s  Tocumen International airport will be formally inaugurated on Monday, April  29.

 The project built by   Odebrecht, which will raise the airport’s take its mobilization capacity to 25 million passengers per year, in line with the country's strategy to consolidate itself as a regional hub.

Terminal 2 (began construction "in March 2013 with a view to improving infrastructure and accompanying the economic and logistic growth of Panama", says the administration’s website.

The is began partial operation on Friday with the opening of five doors, The remaining 15 will be enabled in the coming months.

The   116,000 square meters terminal was designed by British architect Norman Foster,  and will be  "progressing, calibrating all systems" in a process that "will lead until the middle of the year, "said the management.

Ramírez emphasized that the immediate benefit of putting the new terminal into operation is the "redistribution of capacity" of the airport, "which has been committed to the existing terminal", which was made to serve 12 million passengers per year but is receiving about 16 million.

The  Odebrecht bribery scandal at the end of 2016 caused concern about the completion time of the works in the administration of Tocumen, then under Joseph Fidanque III, and in Copa Airlines, the Panamanian flag line and prime user of the terminal.

In August 2016, when the T2 expansion project was 56% complete, it was officially reported that it was expected to start operations in the first half of 2018.

The T2 functioned provisionally in January to receive flights with thousands of   World Youth Day (WYD) participants, including Pope Francis, while in December 2018 it was opened for the flight that brought Chinese leader  Xi Jinping to Panama.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/panama039s-terminal-2-opens-april-29-1

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Tocumen Increases Capacity

On April 29, Terminal 2 of Panama City's international airport began operating, which will now have the capacity to mobilize up to 25 million passengers per year.

Monday, April 29, 2019

According to air terminal authorities, with the expansion, which demanded a $800 million investment, the airport will double its capacity to transport passengers from 12 million to 25 million per year.

See "Tocumen's Expansion Plans" and "Expectations for Expansion of Tocumen"

Oscar Ramirez, manager of Tocumen, explained to Panamaamerica.com that "... The inauguration of the new terminal, a 116,000-square-meter building designed by prestigious British architect Norman Foster, will take place as 'progress is made, calibrating all systems,' in a process that "is going to take up to the middle of the year."

Ramírez added that "... the immediate benefit of putting the new terminal into operation is the 'redistribution of capacity' of the airport, "which has been committed to the existing terminal," which was made to serve 12 million passengers annually but is receiving about 16 million."

Terminal 2, which is a 116,000 square meter building, will have the capacity to handle aircraft in 20 contact gates and 8 remote positions.

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Tocumen_Increases_Capacity

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Connected through Tocumen yesterday. No change yet to the jetway round trip to a bus when arriving on the David flight. All the gates in the old terminal have been renumbered with a "1" in front so everything is now three digits (the old "22" is now "122", e.g.) and the signs for the new terminal gates all sport three-digit numbers with a "2"in front. A bit confusing in the check-in hall, since the check-in counters are also numbered with three digits...

Walked past the opening of the concourse to the new terminal (which looks like the picture describing the leak in the article above) but no access, a tape stretched across the opening and with signs of "no access". Still, there were six COPA planes parked at the new terminal's jetways...

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I'd be surprised if there will be any change to the current domestic terminal and associated bus connection any time soon.  With only 2 domestic flights in and 2 out each day, I just don't see the justification to support a special domestic facility in the new terminal.  Does anyone have any connections with Copa that could confirm or deny?

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Today, May 15, 2019 we connected from an international flight on Copa to the domestic Copa flight PTY to DAV.  We checked our bags through to DAV and they arrived without incident.  Some thing have changed.  This may be old news,  but one does not have to retrieve the bags and after scanning at PTY and  have them rechecked to DAV.   The transfer is automatic.  Another thing is that the departure from the domestic terminal is listed as gate 128.  We asked at immigration and several employees and no one  knew the location of gate 128.  We just took a guess and went to the old domestic terminal and that was it.   Even there, there is no indication that it was "Gate 128".  The entry guard took a long look at our boarding passes and  finally just nodded.  This would be hugely confusing to anyone who is not familiar with the current system and does not know some Spanish.  One positive thing is that the lady we called the "security Nazi" is gone and the replacements are more agreeable.  Also, we bought several bottles of spirits at the departing Duty free shop.  They were put in a duty free box and taped shut.  We carried it aboard the departing  aircraft.  At the PTY domestic flight security checkpoint, I simply put it on the scanner belt with the receipt and it passed through without incident.   

On a personal opinion, a domestic terminal of some type will still be needed.  People will want to travel within Panama' without going through international security.  Yes, it a hassle to use the bus-to-plane system.  A future solution could be to segregate a part of the main terminal as "domestic" and utilize jet ways.  An unknown is the price difference to Copa and any other potential domestic provider between the current system and the cost of using the main terminal.  

Safe travels and keep an open mind.

  

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Terminal 2 rime exntension ends Monday

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Posted 29/09/2019

The four-month time extension granted by Tocumen SA, to the Odebrecht construction company to complete the construction of the airport’s new passenger terminal, runs out on Monday, September 30.

The extension is part of the fifth addendum that the airport signed with the Brazilian company at the end of May.

The agreed addendum is added to the one signed at the beginning of the year for $25 million d and that raised the cost of the project that initially agreed at  $679.4 million to $917 million

Among the works that Odebrecht had to finish - as agreed in the fifth addendum - is the baggage, fire extinguishing system, among others, reports La Prensa.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/terminal-2-rime-exntension-ends-monday

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I don't know why the authorities can't figure out how end the ridiculous bus rides for domestic passengers.  Other international airports handle domestic and international travelers with ease.

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Tocumen processes approx. 15 million passengers each year.  Of those, only  215,000 are domestic (less than 1.5%).  There are 2 domestic flights in each day and 2 departures - the Copa DAV-PTY flights that you use.  All other domestic flights use Allbrook Airport.

Until a few years ago, Tocumen was solely an international airport, until Copa started the DAV route.

According to https://www.bts.dot.gov/newsroom/2018-traffic-data-us-airlines-and-foreign-airlines-us-flights in the US, domestic passengers account for more than 75% of all passengers.

The expense of creating a separate domestic departure lounge and arrivals hall with their own jetways that bypass the immigration and customs areas in an airport that was designed as international only would be huge.  So, don't expect the current domestic arrangement to change anytime soon, unless Copa decides to add a bunch more domestic routes. 

We are thankful that we no longer have to make the painful connection between Allbrook and Tocumen to travel to/from David.

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Are airport gates and lounges dedicated to certain flights? Why can't these facilities be shared?

I'm sure there are other flights that only come and go twice a day.

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I have no hard information to back up my opinion, but I suspect that the US Dept of Homeland Security and the US State Department have a say in the matter. They likely require significant separation between domestic and international flights, unless the domestic passengers go through the same security checks that the international ones do. I wonder if some of the customers of COPA's David flight might find the checks onerous.

I once had the experience of a 12-hour detour on a flight from Siberia to Anchorage, since the US refused to allow the plane to land in the US. The issue was inadequate security measures at the Pevek airport...

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21 hours ago, Keith Woolford said:

Are airport gates and lounges dedicated to certain flights? Why can't these facilities be shared?

I'm sure there are other flights that only come and go twice a day.

I don't know if gates are dedicated to particular flights.  For Tocumen, it's possible Copa has a specific block of gates assigned to them, but how is this relevant to the international vs. domestic terminal discussion?

At Tocumen the departure lounge has all the duty free shops, which are not supposed to be available for domestic travelers (strictly enforced in Canada), and access to the lounge is only available through passport control.  The logistics of allowing domestic travelers access to the same lounge (bypassing passport control) would promote violation of border control procedures (it's the duty of airports to ensure international travelers have valid passports and visas for their destination country and it would be  easy for an international traveler to also buy a cheap domestic ticket, and get a boarding pass, to avoid passport control).

There are many international non-Copa flights that only come and go once a day.  The point is that there are dozens of them and they are all international, and can therefore use the international airport's facilities as designed.  Again, it's 4 domestic flights a day vs. probably 300+ international that simply cannot justify the expense of a domestic terminal more user friendly than the current one.

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Odebrecht  hit with daily sanctions for unfinished airport terminal

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Posted 01/10/2019

Time has run out for the completion of Tocumen International Terminal 2 by the Brazilian Odebrecht Construction company which has had numerous addendums escalating the price from an initial $670 million to $917 million and,  as of   October 1, Tocumen SA is applying sanctions on a daily basis until the work is completed.

A statement says :

"In compliance with the provisions of the contract, Tocumen SA will have the power to execute the compliance bond without having to wait for the term agreed in Addendum 6, which extends the contract for a period of six months, for the company to complete and deliver the project, without this representing additional costs for the air terminal. "

On  October 1, a team of engineers from Tocumen SA and the Comptroller General began the detailed evaluation of the pending components of the work that had to be delivered on September 30, according to the schedule approved in the contract

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/odebrecht-hit-with-daily-sanctions-for-unfinished-airport-terminal

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