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7-hour Airport blackout caps Black Weekend

Frustrated passengere

POWER  was restored to Tocumen International airport a t 11.55 am on Monday, September 18, after a seven-hour outage

The shutdown  came only hours after the Tourism Authority (ATP) was celebrating the success of Panama Black Weekend which brought thousands of visitors to the country on shopping expeditions, and filled the city’s hotels.

Tocumen is regarded as the “Hub of the Americas” operating flights to and from more than 90 cities in the Americas and Europe, covering much of Latin America and is the main hub of Copa Airlines, as well as serving as a Star Alliance hub for Latin America and the Caribbean.


Copa Airlines passengers

During the outage, Copa Airlines canceled all flights up to 12.30 p.m.

As hundreds of frustrated passenger stood in lines,    ground personnel with monitors off struggled to process luggage manually.

Although  power was  back on  in the afternoon, airport authorities  warned that work still has to be done to completely normalize operations, affected by serious electrical faults

Meanwhile, passengers are advised to call their airlines to reschedule departures from the country.

A fleet of buses ferried passengers who had missed connecting flights, to local hotels.



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Panama: "Country's Reputation at Risk"

In the view of the union of private companies the blackout that left the international airport of Tocumen without power for six hours is a wake-up call to make the investments needed to improve the quality of public services.

Monday, September 25, 2017

From a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture:

What happened at Tocumen International Airport last week, beyond the cost of the crisis and the impact on the image of our country, is a call for attention to the urgent need to strengthen state-owned enterprises designed to provide public services in our country, something which, at the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama, we have indicated on countless occasions.

It is unacceptable that only when incidents such as this occur, does it bring to mind the need to attend to entities such as Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica, S.A. (ETESA), the Institute of National Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN), Mi Bus, Metro de Panamá, S.A. and now Tocumen, S.A., among others. The problems faced by some of these important companies which have been ignored in the past and can be remedied through genuine dialogue in collaboration with the private sector. 

Read full release (in Spanish).



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Tocumen Airport intends to repair failures in electric service


As a way to compensate the people affected by the constant power outages, the administration of the Tocumen International Airport issued a statement stating that repair measures are being implemented to strengthen the electrical system of the air terminal.

The airport board of directors said that they work with a company specialized in energy to strengthen the electrical system, establish a monitoring plan through a digital system and adapt the contingency plan.

The measures will be implemented after a blackout lasting six hours, left 150 flights canceled, and caused inconveniences to more than 10,000 passengers last Monday.

According to the statement, the vice-presidency of maintenance is also being strengthened by hiring more specialized personnel to avoid further inconveniences in the operations of the air terminal.

It was reported the necessity to carry out a joint work between the maintenance personnel of Tocumen S.A. and workers of the electrical energy distribution company (Ensa). 


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