Panama Tocumen (PTY) Airport

Panama Tocumen PTY Airport Overview

Panama Tocumen International Airport PTY - considered to be an 'Aerometropolis' - is the primary airport of the City & State of Panama, and is Central America's busiest Airport. In the last few years, it has modernized & expanded its terminal facilities, doubling capacity, and adding  a luggage sorting system, platforms, taxiways and new road - while still continuing expansion into the future. Panama Airport is growing by leaps and bounds - with ever increasing passenger counts.

PTY Airport is located 24 km from Panama City, accessible via the South Corridor Toll Road (taking 20 minutes) or Avenida Domingo Diaz (via Tocumen) or via Tocumen (taking one hour). - both run northeast from the city. The Airport’s general information number is 238-2761.
 
With two long runways and a yearly estimated passenger count of 7.5 million, Tocumen International Airport is hub to Copa Airlines and is served by a number of international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
 
Panama Tocumen International Airport has a fully upgraded and integrated passenger terminal with 4 levels and North & South Piers (Concourses).
Ground level 0 houses Customs, Immigration and baggage claim, rental car counters, transportation;
Level 1 houses airline counters security checkpoints and the tax-free area;
Level 2 houses Departure level, is access to South & North Concourses. The Tocumen Royal Salon (tel. 238 2600) is a VIP lounge close to the gate areas.
Level 3 houses offices, and food & drink and retail concessions.
South Concourse houses three gate areas: In the center are gates 20-25 with access to gates 20A-25A;  to the left are gates 11-19; and to the right are gates 26-33.   All airlines other than Copa use the South Concourse at present. 
North Concourse - a new 700-meter structure - has a modern baggage system, lounges, 12 gates (one of which will accommodate the large A380 plane), and a large commercial area housing retail concessions. Copa is the main occupant at the North Concourse.
Both North & South Concourses are to be extended.

Parking at Tocumen Airport:  A large parking lot is located right in front of the passenger terminal.

Present and future Airport developments: 
1. In September 2014 it was announced that the General Manager of Tocumen Airport worked  with airlines, Customs & Immigration making inspection process more efficient and thereby cutting waiting time considerably.
2. While work on the North Concourse - adding 12 more gates - is now completed, the South Concourse is under construction:
3. The ongoing South Concourse expansion project invoves 50,000 sq.meters, which are to include immigration/Customs areas, passenger check-out, parking lots, commercial areas and 30 airbridges, with a capacity of 15M passengers a year.  When completed in 2016, the Airport is to be able to handle up to 18M passengers annually, served by 54 airline gates.
In addition, the $769M South Concourse project also includes a new highway from Corredor Sur (southern corridor), a new control tower, and 8,000 sq.meters of duty-free shops.
4. The Crown Plaza Panama Airport Hotel with 3,000 sq.feet of flexible meeting space, is to open in February 2015 near the Airport - partof the Global Business Hub.

NOTE:  The new Rio Hato /Scarlett Martinez Airport RIH at the former site of Panama's defense base in Cocle, is now serving as relief Airport to ease congestion at Tocumen. It is connected by a tunnel to the Pan-American Hwy.  Its first commercial flight took place in March 2014, and more airlines and charters are to be added soon. Rio Hato Airport has an advantage for tourists as it is closer to Coronado & its Pacific beaches - avoiding a 2-hour ride from Tocumen). 




 


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