Tocumen International Airport

Tocumen International Airport was first inaugurated in June 1947. The first airport is currently used as a cargo terminal, since in 1971 the aeronautical authorities of the time decided to develop what we know today as Tocumen International Airport. The current passenger terminal was inaugurated back in 1978. The Tocumen airport is one of the few in the region that has two landing runways able to serve the largest commercial aircraft operating today. Tocumen International Airport is currently under expansion. The first phase is the expansion of the passenger terminal. It took three years and US$ 85 millions. The next phase is to update equipment such as boarding bridges, escalators, baggage processing systems, flight control systems among others. The last phase will be the upgrading of runways and rebuilding of the cargo terminal.

Tocumen International Airport is the regional hub for several commercial and cargo airlines. It connects passengers and moves cargo to more than 31 countries and 70 destinations all around the world. For connecting flights, there were approximately 3.3 million passengers that used Tocumen International Airport in 2012 in direct transit (which is more than twice the population of Panama City). The cargo terminal itself handled over 116,000 tons of cargo with a large proportion being transshipment. The expansion programs will provide more capacity to both passenger and cargo terminals allowing a larger number of aircrafts, cargo and passengers to use our country as a connecting point to the world.  It is the home port for Copa Airlines.

Location

Tocumen International is located 24km east of Panama City. The two main roads that connect the City to Tocumen are the Domingo Diaz Avenue and the South Corridor. The areas surrounding the Airport have become very important industrial areas. Many companies are considering moving their warehouses and distribution centers near the airport in order to take full advantage of its connectivity close to logistics parks.