Colonel Carlos Concha Torres Airport

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Colonel Carlos Concha Torres Airport
Aeropuerto Coronel Carlos Concha Torres
Colonel Carlos Concha Torres Airport, June 2015.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Dirección General de Aviación Civil
Serves Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Location Tachina, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador
Elevation AMSL 32 ft / 10 m
Coordinates 00°58′43″N 079°37′36″W / 0.97861°N 79.62667°W / 0.97861; -79.62667
ESM is located in Ecuador
Location of the airport in Ecuador
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 2,551 8,369 Asphalt

Colonel Carlos Concha Torres Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Coronel Carlos Concha Torres) (IATA: ESMICAO: SETN) is an airport serving the Ecuadorian city of Esmeraldas. It is located about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the city in the parish of Tachina. Established in 1940 as General Rivadeneira Airport, the airport was renovated between 2012 and 2013, receiving a new terminal and a lengthened runway. It can handle roughly 250,000 passengers per year and is served by TAME, which offers flights within Ecuador and to Colombia from the airport.


The airport was established on 25 March 1940, upon the upgrading of the runway.[1][2] It was originally named in honor of José Enrique Rivadeneira,[2] an inspector general of the Ecuadorian navy who died in a 1939 plane crash.[3]

The Ecuadorian government renovated the airport in 2014 as part of a plan to modernise the country's airports and attract more tourists and businesses to Ecuador.[4] It also held a contest in which the people of Esmeraldas voted on a new namesake. Carlos Concha Torres, an army commander who led a war against President Leónidas Plaza in the 1910s, received the most votes.[5]

A new passenger terminal was constructed; it was cheaper to build a new one rather than attempt to enlarge the original terminal, which was built in such a way that its expansion was difficult.[6] A new apron and air traffic control tower were built as well,[7][8] and the runway was lengthened by roughly 200 metres (660 ft).[7] Additional works were completed on the taxiways, the fuel plant and other facilities.[9] The construction works cost over US$45 million[6] and lasted 17 months.[9] The new terminal was inaugurated on 14 January 2014 by President Rafael Correa.[6]


The airport has a single runway, 18/36, with dimensions 2,551 by 45 metres (8,369 ft × 148 ft)[10] and an apron 22,000 square metres (240,000 sq ft) in size.[7] The terminal has a capacity for 275 passengers[7] and can handle 250,000 per year.[9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
TAME Cali, Quito, Guayaquil


  1. ^ "Libro de consulta para esmeraldeños" [Encyclopedia for the people of Esmeraldas]. La Hora (in Spanish). 18 April 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Risco, Giannella (2014). Remodelación de la terminal aérea del Aeropuerto General Rivadeneira en la provincia de Esmeraldas [Renovation of the terminal at General Rivadeneira Airport in Esmeraldas Province] (Thesis) (in Spanish). Universidad de las Américas (Ecuador). p. 16. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Six dead in big Ecuador air crash". Singapore Free Press. 8 October 1939. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Iza, Mónica (14 January 2014). "Esmeraldas tiene un nuevo aeropuerto internacional para potenciar el turismo" [Esmeraldas has a new airport terminal to promote tourism]. El Ciudadano (Ecuador) (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Aeropuerto de Esmeraldas será 'Carlos Concha Torres'". La Hora. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Toro, Manuel (15 January 2014). "Inaugurado aeropuerto en Tachina" [Inaugurated airport terminal in Tachina]. El Universo (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d Toro, Manuel (21 November 2013). "Nuevo aeropuerto de Esmeraldas se encuentra operando desde el lunes" [New airport terminal in Esmeraldas operating since Monday]. El Universo (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "El aeropuerto de Esmeraldas se inauguró y tiene vuelos a Colombia" [Airport in Esmeraldas was inaugurated and has flights to Colombia]. El Comercio (Ecuador) (in Spanish). 14 January 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c "Correa inaugura aeropuerto en Esmeraldas" [Correa inaugurates airport terminal in Esmeraldas]. El Telégrafo (Ecuador) (in Spanish). 14 January 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) for SETN, effective 21 July 2016". Dirección General de Aviación Civil (Ecuador) (in Spanish). 9 June 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Colonel Carlos Concha Torres Airport at Wikimedia Commons

  • Video by the Ecuadorian Transport and Public Works Ministry about the 2014 renovation