Colombian Transport Minister, Germán Cardona, has announced that Bogotá–El Dorado International Airport's new terminal is on target to open later this year with construction due to be completed in late June.

Being constructed between the existing main passenger handling complex and Avianca’s domestic terminal about 1.6 kilometres away, the new 84,000sqm facility will initially serve as El Dorado’s new international terminal before the addition of two new concourses allows it to handle domestic traffic.

Avianca’s existing domestic facility will then be closed and today’s main terminal bulldozed.

When the work is complete, El Dorado will be capable of accommodating 16mppa and concessionaire, Opain will have spent a cool nearly $1.1 billion upgrading its passenger facilities.

The piece-tag doesn’t include the money it has invested on new cargo infrastructure.

Talking to Airport World about the impact of the new terminal back in 2010, Bogotá–El Dorado’s chief operating officer, Ralf Etzold, said: “The new terminal will make a massive difference to passenger satisfaction levels, the quality of service we are able to provide and operational efficiency as the main facility we use today was built in 1951, and although there have been a lot of improvements since then, it has basically outlived its time.”

Opain is carrying out the project, with financing from Latin American development bank CAF, which approved a $50 million loan for the terminal in January.

IDB also expects to close financing for the project this year, said Brian Blakely, lead investment officer for the bank's infrastructure division

In the longer term, the government is working on a 30-year development strategy for El Dorado, which will aim to expand capacity and improve transport connectivity.

El Dorado airport handled 20.4mn passengers and 648,000 tonnes of cargo in 2011. The airport, which opened in 1959, was originally designed to handle 16mppa.

Source: Airport World 


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