The second Tocumen International terminal under construction will not be enough to meet projected demand by 2020,and a third airport expansion is being considered.
The authorities at Tocumen SA have projected that by 2020 the average annual number of passengers who transit through the international airport in Panama City will amount to 20 million and the second terminal, in which they are investing $800 million, will exceed its capacity in 2022, reports CentralAmericaData
Anpanama.com reports that “… The current expansion (T2), whose construction has a cost of US $800 million, will incorporate 85,000 square meters of buildings, 20 new boarding gates and 8 remote-controlled doors. After the work, the airport will have a total of 68 departure and arrivals gates in an area of 148,000 square meters. Although we the next stage is being analyzed, the administrator of Tocumen SA, Joseph Fidanque III said it is possible to increase the capacity of the T2 with the addition of an additional 12 gates into the current design, which would be possible, in his words, “for relatively little money.”
“… The initiative has been welcomed by members of the tourism sector. Moses Veliz, president of the Tourism Commission of the Panamanian Association of Business Executives, who has also been involved in the world of aviation, said a third extension is necessary because when the T2 opens, it will be full up. ”[NEWSROOM PANAMA]
Panama Canal Update
The world is waiting … so are the ships. 190 ships are now sitting at the ends of the Canal waiting up to five days to get a slot to make the transit. This is what it was like when I started doing Canal runs, and before the world financial slowdown. In past years the number has dwindled, but now it is up again.
Here’s the latest Canal Expansion update …
Back To Sea
I was already scheduled to do two trips with Silversea Cruises in the Caribbean in December, getting back home a few days before Christmas. We have a wonderful couple we met on one of Jackie’s Panama Relocation Tours who are house sitting for us and taking care of the dogs while we are gone.
Then last week I got a call from Princess Cruises to do two of the final cruises of OCEAN PRINCESS, the first over Christmas in the Caribbean and the second a trip around South America from Miami. Instead of flying home as planned, I’ll fly off to St Martin to join the ship. Christmas Day I’ll be somewhere in the Caribbean lecturing on England and France in the Caribbean. But I have my tiny one-foot Christmas tree to take along.
The OCEAN PRINCESS is one of four “R-class” ships that Princess acquired when another company, Renaissance Cruises, went belly up with four new ships under construction.. These ships, about 650 guests and 130 crew, were fantastic little ships to cruise on. Once before, and probably again this time, on a former ROYAL PRINCESS, another R-class ship, we were docked beside OASIS OF THE SEAS and looked like one of the OASIS lifeboats! Carnival’s English cruise director John Heald once described these ships as being like “deluxe country inns gone to sea.”
But for me to get together 33 lectures between now and when we leave on SILVER WHISPER is a real challenge! About half I can cobble together or adapt from talks I’ve given before, but half are new. Although a talk only lasts 45-55 minutes, a single talk can take 2 to 4 eight-hour days to create.
People frequently tell me that I have the “ideal retirement in Boquete and on cruise ships” and I guess I do, but with responsibilities and properties in Panama, and the lecture biz, it is still a lot of work. Work I choose to do, but still work. So we are addressing some of the realities of our lives. Boquete is home and we love it and aren’t leaving, but we do need to downsize, simplify and have less responsibility which is why I’m selling my properties including our lovely home. The idea of selling the house is tough, but we’re at the point where we need to downsize.
But in the meantime … I love our little coffee finca!