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 Canton|
|Hub for||Avianca Ecuador
|Focus city for||Avianca Peru
|Elevation AMSL||2,400 m / 7,874 ft|
Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA: UIO, ICAO: SEQM) is the busiest airport in Ecuador and one of the busiest airports in South America. It is located in the Tababela parish, about 18 kilometres (11 mi) east of Quito. Construction began in 2006 and, after several delays, it opened and replaced the old Mariscal Sucre International Airport in February 2013. A re-negotiation of the financing contract for the airport was signed on 9 August 2010.
Mariscal Sucre International is the largest hub of TAME, the flag carrier of Ecuador, with an average of over 220 daily flights.
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 testing of the 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
|1||Guayaquil, Guayas||3,255,018||Avianca Ecuador, LAN Ecuador, TAME|
|2||Cuenca, Azuay||702,522||Avianca Ecuador, LAN Ecuador, TAME|
|3||Manta, Manabí||450,514||Avianca Ecuador, TAME|
|4||Baltra Island, Galápagos Islands||283,601||Avianca Ecuador, TAME|
|5||Machala, El Oro||109,036||TAME|
|6||Coca, Orellana||90,668||Avianca Ecuador, TAME|
|7||San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands||60,546||Avianca Ecuador, LAN Ecuador, TAME|
|8||Loja, Loja||40,980||TAME, Linea Aerea Cuencana|
|10||Lago Agrio, Sucumbíos||30,526||TAME|
|Rank||City||Passengers||Top Carriers||% Change|
|1||Miami, United States||498,646||American Airlines, LAN Airlines, LAN Ecuador||30.12%|
|2||Bogotá, Colombia||346,822||Avianca Ecuador, Copa Airlines Colombia, TAME||28.14%|
|4||Lima, Peru||100,424||Avianca Ecuador, Avianca Perú, LAN Perú, TAME||19.47%|
|6||Medellín, Colombia||75,207||Avianca Ecuador, Avianca Perú, LAN Perú||10.99%|
|7||Buenos Aires, Argentina||69,525||LAN Ecuador, TAME||9.87%|
|8||Panama City, Panama||60,989||Copa Airlines, TAME||9.1%|
|9||São Paulo, Brazil||58,056||TAME||25.1%|
|10||Cali, Colombia||57,506||LAN Peru, TAME||3.11%|
|11||Atlanta, United States||55,060||Delta Air Lines||4.98%|
|12||San Salvador, El Salvador||54,267||TACA Airlines||4.52%|
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