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 34 countries and 84 destinations all around the world. A total of 13.434,673 millions of passengers traveled between January to December of 2015 through the Tocumen Airport, which represents 652,506 more passengers than in 2014 resulting in a growth of 5.1% in passenger traffic compared to the previous year.

By disaggregating passengers by type, the number of passengers in transit increased to 9,088,897 growing by 5.5%, higher than the total airport growth, which meant a total of 473,870 additional passengers compared to the same period last year. Boarded passengers were a total of 2,143,591 with a growth of 5.4%, while landed passengers were 2,202,185, resulting in a growth of 3.2%.

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.