The expanded Terminal B at Punta Cana International Airport, the busiest airport in the Dominican Republic, is now operational.
During its first five days of opening, the terminal has received 60 flights and processed 17,923 passengers. Working initially with airlines from North America, Punta Cana has plans to expand by introducing routes serving Latin America and Europe.
“The expansion of Terminal B is one of our most anticipated expansion projects this year. There are few terminals in Latin America with this infrastructure design. Its quality can be compared to any airport in the world. We project that, with this addition, the airport will exceed 11 million passengers annually,” said Frank Elías Rainieri, CEO of airport operator Grupo Puntacana.
We have great expectations with this extension, which raises the standards of our airport to an international level
The expansion of Terminal B of the Punta Cana International Airport involved an investment of more than USD$90m, and will allow the airport to handle 5,000 passengers per hour and 4 million passengers per year. The expanded terminal will be 35,000m², with seven boarding gates and seven air bridges. The expansion was developed by Dominican architects and engineers.
"As a company we work to offer unique experiences at our facilities. We hope our visitors will enjoy this terminal. We have great expectations with this extension, which raises the standards of our airport to an international level, because we believe in things such as service, innovation and imagination," Rainieri said.
Modern elements of the terminal
According to Grupo Puntacana,Terminal B is one of the most modern airport terminals in the region, with signature amenities and services such as a VIP lounge with a swimming pool and an impressive view of the runway, fast-track service and a modern food truck area offering a wide range of food.
It also has self-registration kiosks, e-gates, ten state-of-the-art body scanners, eight tomographic machines and four automated machines, making it one of the most modern in terms of equipment in Latin America.
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