Panama Pacific International Airport restarts operations

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Panama Pacific International Airport restarts operations
Iván Eskildsen, ATP
Source: ATP
July 29, 2022

A remodeling of the passenger terminal has been carried out, with more comfortable and safer facilities


The Panama Pacifico airport will primarily serve the low-cost airline market segment. The restart of operations coincides with the return of the Ecuadorian airline Aeroregional, which will initially offer 2 weekly frequencies of charter flights, to and from Guayaquil in Boeing 737-400 aircraft, with a capacity of 145 passengers. 

The general manager of the Tocumen Raffoul Arab International Airport said that: "The reopening of the Panama Pacific Airport marks a key milestone in the recovery process of Tocumen's operations as an operating company and for national tourism, because it opens a new door to Panama as a leisure and shopping destination”. 

For his part, the general administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), Iván Eskildsen, pointed out that: “This act contains two celebrations: the return to the country of the Aeroregional company on a low-cost charter flight from Ecuador, and the reopening of the Panama Pacific Airport, which plays a fundamental role in Tocumen's operations." 

He stressed that flights continue to arrive in the country with Panama as their final destination, as a result of the strategies that are being developed in compliance with the Master Plan for Sustainable Tourism, currently in execution. 

Tourists will stay in the country for 4 days, during which they are scheduled to visit the Panama Canal, the Old Town, shop and visit the Pacific beaches. 

The Panama Pacific Passenger Terminal was closed due to the pandemic in March 2020. Since then, Tocumen has focused on its remodeling and adaptation for international tourists. "We have successfully completed the modernization of the Terminal, optimizing its operational capacity, to provide quality service to passengers and airlines," said Arab. 

The remodeling of the air terminal represented an investment of almost one million dollars and included the expansion of departure lounges, baggage arrival and departure areas, adaptation for commercial areas, redistribution of spaces in check-in controls, migration, renovation of bathrooms, construction of rainwater channels, waterproofing of roofs, renovation of air conditioning systems and operating areas, among other adjustments. 

In the coming weeks, the return of other low-cost airlines is expected, operating from the Panama Pacifico terminal. 

Tocumen SA operates the international airport of Tocumen, and the regional terminals of Panama Pacifico, Enrique Malek in David, Svcarlett Martínez in Río Hato and Enrique Jiménez in Colón. 

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