Juan Carlos Pino, manager of Tocumen SA, told media that the new areas will be used immediately.
"Pino explained that operations will be carried out in only two of the 12 new boarding gates and part of the operational area, where is baggage moved and aircraft re-fuelled and re-stocked with food supplies.
He explained that growing demand in Tocumen has forced them to start operations almost immediately after receiving the finished work, but it wont be until late March or early April when the use of the 12 new gates is officially inaugurated.
The North Terminal was built with capacity to meet Airbus A380 model aircraft by the consortium Aerotocumen (Grupo Odinsa of Colombia and Conconcreto International, Panama) and its equipment is the responsibility of companies from China and Singapore, explained the head of the project, Alvaro Arce", reported the web publisher Mis Finanzas en Línea
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The works scheduled to start at the Panamanian airport in 2012 and 2015 will be advanced for the end of 2011.
Airport management, driven by increased passenger volumes and the interest of new airlines to operate at the terminal, have forced construction of the South Pier, which was expected to begin in 2012 and the new building for immigration planned for 2015.
The plan is for a 20 gate terminal that is completely independent from the current one, with an investment of $350 million.
Transit through Tocumen International Airport grew by almost 20% during 2011, reaching 6 million passengers, up from the 5.1 million recorded in 2010. It is estimated that in 2012 the figure will be between 6.4 and 6.6 million.
The new terminal will be ready in September and will increase airport capacity by 50%.
It will have 12 new boarding gates and will be designed to receive any type of aircraft.
"Once the expansion is operating, the Tocumen administration will begin the process of constructing the southern terminal, which would add about 20 additional gates," states the article in Prensa.com.
The airport structure will cost about $400 million and be 50,000 m2 announced Panamanian authorities.
The manager of Tocumen, SA (administrator of the international airport), Juan Carlos Pino, said that the tender for the South Terminal at Tocumen International Airport, Panama will be released in March, and the works are expected to cost $400 million.