Work has begun to expand the embarkation and disembarkation areas at Rafael Núñez Airport in Cartagena, Colombia.
The expansion project, which is being overseen by the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI), began on September 2, and is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2020.
The works, which will increase the capacity and comfort of the areas around gates 1, 2, 3, and 4, will be carried out by the Sociedad Aeroportuaria de la Costa SA (SACSA), the airport’s current concessionaire.
“These works will enable us to offer a better service at Cartagena Airport, which has experienced continuous growth in the number of passengers, for whom we must guarantee comfortable conditions,” said Louis Kleyn, president of ANI.
The project involves increasing the space of the pergola to 2,000m2 (21,520ft2). The structure consists of a series of columns supporting a network of beams, and is designed to provide shade and comfort for those using the airport. Expanding it involves the construction of an additional 940m2 (10,120ft2) and the remodeling of more than 1,200m2 (12,920ft2) of the existing structure.
In addition, earlier this year, the international terminal at Rafael Núñez was expanded, tripling the space for counter service, increasing seats for transit passengers by 25%, and creating two service posts at each of the seven gates.