The expansion of Terminal B of the Punta Cana International Airport places it among the most modern in the region, as it will have high-tech equipment to make the passage through the terminal and checkpoints safer and more efficient.
Some of the new technological implementations include smarth path – biometrics for agent-assisted check-in procedures, self-service kiosk and mobile technology with fast and secure biometric enrollment/registration, self-service baggage handling with biometric verification, single or double electronic self-service boarding gates, access control to secure areas and automated border control.
In addition, new self check-in kiosks with baggage tag printing, an Explosive Detection System (EDS) at the security checkpoint and baggage carousel, new security screens, auto-gates, self service boarding, ABC kiosks in the arrival migration area and soon the self service bag drop will be implemented.
During the XXIII edition of the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (Date 2023) of the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (Asonahores), Alberto Smith, director of Landside Operations of the Terminal, explained that they are finishing the installation of the machines, since they are already in the final phase of the expansion.
He said that in mid-June they will begin operations of this terminal “with a view to the summer, which looks very interesting in terms of passengers”.
Regarding the migration process, Smith said that for the last few years they have had an automatic system to check out of the country with only a biometric passport reading, which takes only 8 seconds, previously it took almost three minutes with an immigration agent.
“In recent years the Punta Cana International Airport has experienced considerable growth in its operations, making it the busiest airport in the Dominican Republic. This has required the adaptation of infrastructure and technological equipment to facilitate aviation security processes, optimizing security results and better facilitating these processes,” said Smith.
He pointed out that the expansion of Terminal B has an investment of US$ 80 million, with a capacity to move three million passengers.
The project will cover an area of some 35,000 m² and will have seven boarding gates and seven air bridges. The expansion is in the hands of local architects and engineers.
These technological advances have been the result of the joint work of the Puntacana Group and the Specialized Airport and Civil Aviation Security Corps (CESAC), in close collaboration and coordination through studies, planning and design of the structures of the new facilities and the acquisition of technological security equipment.
Punta Cana International Airport achieved a record 8 million passenger movements, becoming the first airport in the country to reach this figure, evidencing the growth of the Dominican tourism industry.
This year it was awarded for the seventh consecutive year as the “Best Airport by Size and Region” in the category of 5 to 15 million passengers in the Caribbean and Latin America.
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