Mariscal Sucre International Airport
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|Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre
|IATA: UIO – ICAO: SEQM
|Serves||Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador|
|Location||Tababela, Quito Metro|
|Hub for||Avianca Ecuador
|Focus city for||LAN Airlines
|Elevation AMSL||2,400 m / 7,874 ft|
|Aircraft movements||400.000 (per year)|
Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA: UIO, ICAO: SEQM) is an airport located in the Tababela parish, about 18 kilometres (11 mi) east of Quito, Ecuador, that replaced Old Mariscal Sucre International Airport. Works on the new facilities began in 2006; after several delays, the airport became operational on 19 February 2013. A re-negotiation of the financing contract for the airport was signed on 9 August 2010.
The New Quito International Airport is located on the Oyamburo plain near the town of Tababela, about 18 kilometers east of Quito, Ecuador. The location was chosen in order to expand the capacity of the city's airport. The old airport posed enormous risks due to its location in a residential area of the city's northern sector.
At about 06:19 a.m. on July 2, 2012, an American Airlines Boeing 757 landed at the new airport with about 100 passengers on board. The flight was used to obtain the operating certificate for track tests. It also allowed the testing performance of the electronics mounted for handling and transporting luggage and check-in counters for passengers and baggage.
The aircraft departed from the existing Mariscal Sucre International Airport with Quito's Mayor, Augusto Barrera, local authorities, aviation staff, and the media to pre-test boarding procedures at 05:30 a.m., later taking off at about 06:10 a.m.
After a 9-minute flight, the American Airlines flight landed at the new Airport. After landing and subsequent taxiing through taxiway 1 of the new airport, the airplane was greeted with a water cannon salute from two fire trucks.
Subsequently, visitors toured the facilities of the passenger terminal building and the north and south ends of the runway. After the tour, Mayor Barrera and authorities gave a press conference. There, the Mayor also stated that the airport would be ready at its inauguration, as well as enhancements to the E-35, and Interoceanic highways. "This is a day of joy and optimism for the city. At this point all you get joining goodwill," the official said adding that the social energy that the city should serve to build and make things.
Mayor Barrera also stated that this airport will be a remarkable leap in economic development of the city of Quito and that the strategic alliance allows Quiport achieved with the resources generated by the new airport will be for all the people of Quito. "We are checking with the facts that transformation we're doing for the Quito we crave" he said.
The mayor also reported that when the Mariscal Sucre Airport closes, construction of a new park will begin at the current site, and within days the bidding will begin for the 1st phase of the planned Quito Metro, as well as for the construction of a new bridge over the Chiche river.
For his part, the manager of Quiport, Phillip Baril, said that "we are in the final stretch for the inauguration of the New Quito Airport and this is thanks to the support of the Mayor of Quito."
The official inauguration was postponed from October, 2012, citing the progress of improvements to various access routes, the holiday season, and other factors. The airport began operations on 20 February 2013.
Start of operations
The Mariscal Sucre airport commenced operations on 20 February 2013 following the closure of the old airport the night before. The first flights scheduled to arrive at the new airport were TAME flight 302 from Guayaquil (domestic), and LAN flight 2590 from Lima, Peru (international). Arrival times were scheduled for 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. respectively.
Airlines and destinations
|Avianca||Bogotá, San Salvador, Lima|
|Avianca Ecuador||Baltra, Bogotá, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Lima, Manta, Medellín-Córdova, Coca, Lago Agrio, San Cristóbal|
|Copa Airlines||Panama City|
|Copa Airlines Colombia||Bogotá|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|
|LAN Airlines||Miami, Santiago de Chile|
|LAN Ecuador||Baltra, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Manta, Miami, San Cristóbal, Santiago de Chile|
|LAN Perú||Bogotá (begins 1 July 2013), Cali, Lima, Medellín-Córdova|
|Línea Aérea Cuencana||Cuenca, Loja|
|TAME||Baltra, Bogotá, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cali, Caracas, Coca, Cuenca, Esmeraldas, Guayaquil, Havana, Lago Agrio, Lima, Loja, Manta, Macas, New York-JFK (begins August 6, 2013), Panama City, Salinas, São Paulo-Guarulhos, San Cristóbal, Santa Rosa, Tena, Tulcan
Charter:Cartagena, Curaçao, Montego Bay, Punta Cana, San Andrés, Varadero
Cargo airlines and destinations
These destinations are operated from the Cargo Terminal.
- Website Quiport
- Empresa Publica Metropolitana de Servicios Aeroportuarios
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