Mariscal Sucre International Airport

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Mariscal Sucre
International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre
Aeropuerto de Quito fachada izquierda.jpg


UIO is located in Ecuador
Location of airport in Ecuador
Airport type Public
Operator Quiport,[1] CORPAQ[2]
Serves Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Location Tababela, Quito Canton
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 2,400 m / 7,874 ft
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 4,100 13,451 Pavement

Mariscal Sucre International Airport[3] (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Tababela Mariscal Sucre) (IATA: UIOICAO: 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)[4] east of Quito and serves as the largest hub of TAME, the flag carrier of Ecuador, with an average of over 220 daily flights.

It opened in February 2013 and replaced the old Mariscal Sucre International Airport.[5]


The new Quito International Airport is located on the Oyambaro plain near the town of Tababela, about 18 kilometers (11 mi) 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.


Airport interior, Check-in and Departures
Airport interior, Arrivals

Construction began in 2006.[6] A re-negotiation of the financing contract for the airport was signed on 9 August 2010.[7]

At about 6:19 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[clarification needed] boarding procedures at 5:30 a.m., later taking off at about 6:10 a.m. After a 9-minute flight, the 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.

The official inauguration was postponed from October, 2012, citing the progress of improvements to various access routes, the holiday season, and other factors. The new 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.[8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aeroméxico Mexico City I
Aerolineas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Ezeiza (begins December 1, 2015)[9] I
American Airlines Miami I
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador I
Avianca Ecuador Baltra, Coca, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Lago Agrio, Manta, San Cristóbal D
Avianca Ecuador Bogotá, Curaçao, La Paz, Lima, Panama City, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru I
Avianca Peru Lima I
Copa Airlines Panama City I
Copa Airlines Colombia Bogotá, Barranquilla, Panama City I
Delta Air Lines Atlanta I
Iberia Madrid I
KLM Amsterdam I
LAN Airlines Santiago de Chile I
LAN Ecuador Baltra, Cuenca, Guayaquil, San Cristóbal D
LAN Ecuador Lima, Miami I
LAN Perú Cali, Lima, Medellín-Córdova I
TAME Baltra, Coca, Cuenca, Esmeraldas, Guayaquil, Lago Agrio, Loja, Manta, Macas, Machala, Salinas, San Cristóbal, Tena, Tulcan D
TAME Bogotá, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cali, Caracas, Fort Lauderdale, Havana, Lima, New York-JFK,[10] São Paulo-Guarulhos,
Seasonal: Cartagena, Curaçao, Montego Bay, Punta Cana, San Andrés, Varadero
United Airlines Houston-Intercontinental I
Viva Colombia Bogotá, Medellín-Córdova I


  • 1: Aerolíneas Argentinas's flight from Quito to Buenos Aires will make a stop in Guayaquil. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Quito and Guayaquil.


Cargo apron
Airlines Destinations
ABSA Cargo Airline Campinas-Viracopos, Fortaleza, Guayaquil, Manaus, Miami, Panama City
AeroSucre Bogotá
Atlas Air New York-JFK
Avianca Cargo Bogotá, Medellín, Miami
Cargolux Luxembourg
Centurion Air Cargo Miami
Cielos Airlines Lima, Miami
DHL Aero Expreso Miami
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum[11]
FedEx Express Miami
Florida West International Airways Miami
LAN Cargo Amsterdam, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Miami, Santiago de Chile
LANCO Amsterdam, Bogotá, Miami, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão
Lufthansa Cargo Aguadilla, Frankfurt
Líneas Aéreas Suramericanas Bogotá
Martinair Aguadilla, Amsterdam, Miami, San Jose de Costa Rica
MasAir Los Angeles, Mexico City
Southern Air Miami
UPS Miami


Movements 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
Passengers 6,000,000 5,500,000 5,400,000 5,120,000 5,000,500 4,026,521 3,000,560 2,569,800 1,771,859 955,500 825,300 795,600 609,900 577,800 400,900
Cargo (TM) 400,000 300,090.90 215,036.88 164,412.03 70,785.09 50,023.65 40,996.6 40,123.65 35,256.4 30,010.5 26,556.2 21,590.55 10,000.8 9,990.1
Busiest domestic routes (roundtrip) out of Mariscal Sucre International Airport (2013)
Rank City Passengers Top carriers
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
9 Esmeraldas, Esmeraldas 35,112 TAME
10 Lago Agrio, Sucumbíos 30,526 TAME
Busiest international routes (roundtrip) out of Mariscal Sucre International Airport (2013)
Rank City Passengers Top carriers  % Change
1 Miami, United States 498,646 American Airlines, LAN Airlines, LAN Ecuador Increase 30.12%
2 Bogotá, Colombia 472,392 Avianca Ecuador, Copa Airlines Colombia, TAME Increase 28.14%
3 Madrid, Spain 200,622 Iberia Increase 22.02%
4 Lima, Peru 100,424 Avianca Ecuador, Avianca Perú, LAN Perú, TAME Increase 19.47%
5 Amsterdam, Netherlands 89,773 KLM Increase 46.69%
6 Medellín, Colombia 75,207 LAN Perú Increase 10.99%
7 Buenos Aires, Argentina 69,525 LAN Ecuador, TAME Increase 9.87%
8 Panama City, Panama 68,056 Copa Airlines, TAME Increase 9.1%
9 São Paulo, Brazil 60,989 TAME Increase 25.1%
10 Mexico City, Mexico 58,200 Aeroméxico Steady
11 San Salvador, El Salvador 54,267 TACA Airlines Increase 4.52%
12 Cali, Colombia 52,506 LAN Peru, TAME Increase 3.11%


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Coordinates: 0°06′48″S 78°21′31″W / 0.1133°S 78.3586°W / -0.1133; -78.3586