José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport

Coordinates: 02°09′27″S 79°53′01″W / 2.15750°S 79.88361°W / -2.15750; -79.88361
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José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport

Ecuador Aeropuerto
Airport typePublic
OperatorTerminal Aeroportuaria de Guayaquil S.A. (TAGSA)
ServesGuayaquil, Ecuador
Hub for
Elevation AMSL20 ft / 6.1 m
Coordinates02°09′27″S 79°53′01″W / 2.15750°S 79.88361°W / -2.15750; -79.88361
GYE is located in Ecuador
Location in Ecuador
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,790 9,154 Asphalt
Statistics (2022)
Passenger movements3,745,552
Domestic passengers1,652,835
International Passengers2,097,717
Sources: TAGSA[1] WAD[2] Google Maps[3] GCM[4]

José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional José Joaquín de Olmedo; IATA: GYE, ICAO: SEGU) is an international airport serving Guayaquil, the capital of the Guayas Province and the second most populous city in Ecuador. It is the second busiest airport in Ecuador.

The airport was named after José Joaquín de Olmedo, a notable Ecuadorian poet, first mayor of Guayaquil, and former president of Ecuador. It was changed from Simón Bolívar International Airport, which is currently the name of the airports in Caracas, Venezuela, and Santa Marta, Colombia.

The airport is on the Avenida de las Américas, 5 kilometres (3 mi) north of Guayaquil's centre. The runway length of 2,790 metres (9,154 ft) includes a 240 metres (787 ft) displaced threshold on Runway 21 and a 100 metres (328 ft) displaced threshold on Runway 03. The runway can accommodate Boeing 747 and Airbus A340-600 aircraft. The airport is in the broad delta of the Guayas River, with level terrain in all quadrants.

In July 2014, the airport domestic area was enlarged; now the airport is capable of handling up to 7.5 million passengers per year. An exit tax is levied on all international tickets, however, it is no longer required to pay at the window when exiting the country.[5]


The airport, which had the newest terminal in Ecuador, was renamed for José Joaquín de Olmedo in 2006, in preparation for the inauguration of the new 50,000 m2 (540,000 sq ft) national and international terminal on 27 July 2006. Although there was an inaugural flight on 28 July 2006, most airlines did not operate completely from the new terminal until August 2006. After that date, the old terminal was closed and it was later turned into a convention center.

The construction of the new terminal and expansion of the runway was finally decided in 2003–2004, years after making the decision that the current infrastructure was not sufficient to cover the city's needs, but that it was not yet commercially viable to build an entirely new airport in the Daular area.

The original project in 2003–2004 contemplated the construction of a 28,000 m2 (300,000 sq ft) international terminal and the continuing operation of the old terminal, which would be left to handle only domestic flights. However, it was later decided that the newer 50,000 m2 (540,000 sq ft) terminal would handle both national and international traffic, and the older terminal would be closed.[citation needed]

The airport is planned to serve the city of Guayaquil for 10 to 15 years starting in 2006. After this, it is expected to reach a capacity of 5 million passengers a year, and when this happens a new airport will be built in the Daular area, some 20 kilometers outside the city, near the highway that connects Guayaquil to Salinas and other coastal towns.[6]

José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport was named "Best Airport in Latin America 2008 & 2009" by BusinessWeek[7] and the second best in 2011.[8] All domestic flights going from the Ecuadorian mainland to the Galápagos Islands make a stop in Guayaquil to refuel and pick up passengers due to its location, which is the closest point in Ecuador to the islands.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Arrivals area
A KLM Boeing 777-200ER at Guayaquil
Aeroregional Charter: Cartagena, Curaçao
Air Europa Madrid
American Airlines Miami
Arajet Santo Domingo–Las Américas[9]
Avianca Ecuador Baltra, Bogotá, Cartagena, Lima, Medellín–Córdova, New York–JFK, Quito, San Cristóbal
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador
Avioandes Charter: Esmeraldas
Conviasa Caracas
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Equair Baltra, Quito, San Cristóbal
Iberia Madrid
JetBlue Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK
KLM Amsterdam
LATAM Colombia Bogotá
LATAM Ecuador Baltra, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Cuenca,[10] Lima, Quito, San Cristóbal, Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
Wingo Bogotá


Avianca Cargo Quito
DHL Ecuador Quito, Panama City–Tocumen
UPS Airlines Miami


Annual passenger traffic at GYE airport. See Wikidata query.
Busiest international routes (roundtrip) out of José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (2018)[11]
Rank Change City Passengers % Change Top carriers
1 Steady Panama Panama City, Panama 420.244 Increase 5,53% Copa Airlines
2 Steady Colombia Bogotá, Colombia 267.958 Increase 12,81% Avianca Ecuador
3 Steady United States Miami, United States 232.521 Increase 1,35% American Airlines
4 Steady Peru Lima, Peru 178.191 Decrease -7,53% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador
5 Steady United States New York-JFK, United States 161.076 Decrease -13,38% Eastern Airlines, JetBlue
6 Steady Spain Madrid, Spain 133.062 Increase -20,18% Air Europa, Iberia
7 Increase 2 United States Fort Lauderdale, United States 118.050 Increase 130,34% JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines
8 Decrease 1 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 102.733 Increase 3,65% KLM
9 Decrease 1 Chile Santiago, Chile 101.293 Increase 4,52% LATAM Ecuador
10 Steady El Salvador San Salvador, El Salvador 60.378 Increase 19,19% Avianca El Salvador
11 Steady Colombia Cali, Colombia 58.571 Increase 41,66% Avianca Ecuador
12 Steady Venezuela Barcelona, Venezuela 21.942 Decrease -50,13% Avior Airlines
13 New Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela 19.409 Increase New Avior Airlines
Busiest domestic routes from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (2018)[11]
Rank Change City Passengers % Change Top carriers
1 Steady Pichincha Province Quito, Pichincha 1,512,209 Increase 6,42% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
2 Steady Galápagos Province Baltra Island, Galápagos Islands 229.034 Increase 2,28% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
3 Steady Galápagos Province San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands 102.745 Increase 10,96% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
4 Steady Loja Province Loja, Loja 7.590 Decrease -51,49% TAME
5 Steady Azuay Province Cuenca, Azuay 2.180 Decrease -67,36% TAME


  • 2011 – 2nd Best Airport in Latin America – Caribbean of the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International[8] and Best Airport by Size in the 2 to 5 million passenger category.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Terminal Aeroportuaria de Guayaquil S.A. (TAGSA) (in Spanish) Archived 9 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Airport information for SEGU from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  3. ^ Google Maps - Guayaquil
  4. ^ Airport information for Olmedo International Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  5. ^ "Ecuador, Airport Exit Tax To Be Included in Purchase of Ticket". Latin America Current Events & News. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Timetable". Guayaquil Airport. 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  7. ^ "The World's Best Airports 2009". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. 2009. Archived from the original on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  8. ^ a b "ASQ Award for Best Airport in Latin America – Caribbean" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012
  9. ^ "Arajet inicia la venta de dos nuevos destinos internacionales". 28 August 2022.
  10. ^ "LATAM Ecuador to Resume Guayaquil – Cuenca Route in 3Q22". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  11. ^ a b Censos, Instituto Nacional de Estadística y. "Transporte". Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  12. ^ "ASQ Award for Best Airport by Size (2–5m)" Airports Council International. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012

External links[edit]

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