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Tocumen International Airport’s new Southern Concourse is expected to be completed sometime in 2016. Its design, being erected by the Brazilian construction giant Norberto Odebrecht, resembles that of a stealth jet, part of the United States’ “invisible” super-fighter fleet.
As the regional air hub grows, it is taking a first-world turn. Some $60 million were spent on the new Northern Concourse, which brought 12 new gates to Tocumen. In comparison, the Southern Concourse will cost over $769 million and will integrate a new highway from the Southern Corridor (Corredor Sur) to the airport, a new control tower and 8,000 square meters of duty free shopping.
When it is finished, Tocumen will boast 54 gates and be able to handle 18 million passengers.