Punta Cana International Airport announces new developments

The expansion of Terminal B will be inaugurated in the summer of 2023.

The Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) announced the inauguration of the Terminal B expansion and the installation of new technological equipment for the summer of 2023 to enhance security and passenger experience, during the 23rd edition of the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange 2023 (DATE) of the Dominican Association of Hotels and Tourism (Asonahores).

The expansion of Terminal B of the Punta Cana International Airport has an investment of US$80 million, with a capacity to handle 3 million passengers. This 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.

“In recent years, Punta Cana International Airport has experienced considerable growth in its operations, making it the busiest passenger airport in the Dominican Republic. This has required the adaptation of infrastructure and technological equipment to facilitate aviation safety processes, optimizing safety results and better facilitating these processes,” said Alberto Smith, Landside’s Director of Operations.

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.

Some of the new technological implementations are 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.PUJ

In addition, new self check-in kiosks with bag 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 immigration arrival area, and soon the self service bag drop will be implemented.

It is worth noting that Punta Cana International Airport reached a record eight million passenger movements, becoming the first airport in the country to reach this figure, evidencing the growth of the Dominican tourism industry.

This year Punta Cana International Airport 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.

About DATE 2022

With the participation of more than 160 suppliers and buyers from 20 countries, DATE 2023 will be held April 26-28 at the Barceló Bávaro Convention Center.

About Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ).

Inaugurated in 1983, it is the first private airport for international commercial use in the world, the busiest in the Dominican Republic and the one with the greatest connectivity in the Caribbean, linking 64 cities and 26 countries around the world, handling eight million passengers a year.

It has two runways, 27 boarding gates, 30 aircraft parking areas and three VIP lounges. It also has its own Recycling and Incineration Center, where 60 percent of the waste it generates is recycled.

Source: Eldinero.com.do

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