Mariscal Lamar International Airport

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Mariscal Lamar International Airport
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Interior of Mariscal Lamar Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorCorporación Aeroportuaria de Cuenca
ServesCuenca, Ecuador
Elevation AMSL8,306 ft / 2,532 m
Coordinates02°53′22″S 78°59′05″W / 2.88944°S 78.98472°W / -2.88944; -78.98472
CUE is located in Ecuador
Location of airport in Ecuador
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 1,900 6,234 Asphalt
Source: WAD[1] GCM[2] Google Maps[3]

Mariscal Lamar International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Lamar) (IATA: CUE, ICAO: SECU) is a high elevation airport serving Cuenca, the capital of the Azuay Province in Ecuador. It is named after the Peruvian military leader and politician José de la Mar, a native of Cuenca.


Since 2002 the Instrument landing system (ILS) for the airport is fully operational.

The Cuenca non-directional beacon(Ident: CUR) is located 2.2 nautical miles (4.1 km) off the approach threshold of Runway 23. The Cuenca VOR-DME (Ident: CUV) is located 4.7 nautical miles (8.7 km) off the same runway.[4][5]

The airport is in a high elevation basin within the Ecuadoran Andes, with mountainous terrain in all quadrants.

Despite improvements the location of the airport in the middle of the city is a major handicap, as the runway is only barely long enough for large planes landing at this altitude. This has resulted in accidents involving planes running off the end of the runway, and a restriction on flights in wet weather during much of 2016. The airport has completed a runway resurfacing to improve traction in wet weather.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

A TAME Airbus A320 with the new colors parked in the Mariscal Lamar Airport in Cuenca, Ecuador
LATAM Ecuador Quito
TAME Quito


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for SECU
  2. ^ Airport information for Cuenca at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ Google Maps - Cuenca
  4. ^ Cuenca NDB
  5. ^ Cuenca VOR
  6. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  7. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  8. ^ "Cuenca, Ecuador to close for one month for runway works".

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