Mariscal Sucre International Airport

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

Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre
Airport typePublic
OperatorQuiport,[1] CORPAQ[2]
LocationTababela, Quito Canton, Pichincha
Opened20 February 2013; 10 years ago (2013-02-20)
Hub for
Focus city forAvianca
Elevation AMSL2,400 m / 7,874 ft
Coordinates0°06′48″S 78°21′31″W / 0.1133°S 78.3586°W / -0.1133; -78.3586
UIO is located in Ecuador
Location of airport in Ecuador
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 4,100 13,451 Pavement

Mariscal Sucre International Airport[3] (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre) (IATA: UIO, ICAO: SEQM) is an international airport serving Quito, Ecuador. It is the busiest airport in Ecuador. It is located in the Tababela parish, about 18 kilometres (11 mi)[4] east of Quito, and because of its location it is also colloquially known as Tababela Airport. The airport currently serves as the main hub for Avianca Ecuador and the largest hub for LATAM Ecuador. It also served as the main hub for TAME, Ecuador's flag-carrier, before the airline was liquidated by the Ecuadorian government in 2020.[5] The airport opened in February 2013 and replaced the 53-year old airport of the same name.[6] The airport is named after independence leader Antonio José de Sucre. It was the first 5-star airport in the Western Hemisphere as rated by Skytrax.[7][8][9]

The new Mariscal Sucre Int'l Airport covers 1,500 hectares (3,707 acres) which is ten times larger than the airport it replaced.[10]


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 because it was located in the middle of a mountainous city with high wind currents. It could no longer be expanded to accommodate larger aircraft or increased air traffic, and had been the scene of numerous incidents and accidents during the latter years of its operation.[11][12]


This picture was taken outside of Mariscal Sucre International Airport.
Check-in and departures area
Arrivals area
Departures screen
Boarding gates
TAME Embraer 190
Avianca Airbus A320
View from the international terminal
KLM flies daily to Quito and Guayaquil using the Boeing 777

Construction began in 2006.[13] A re-negotiation of the financing contract for the airport was signed on 9 August 2010.[14]

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.[citation needed]

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 with 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.[citation needed]

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.[15]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Iberia Airbus A340-600 aircraft on its inaugural flight to Quito - Mariscal Sucre International Airport from Barajas on the 28th of October, 2013. Was the first transatlantic flight of the airport linked to Europe, celebrated with the traditional water cannon salute.


Aeroméxico Mexico City
Aeroregional Coca, Cuenca, Loja, Manta, Machala, Panama City–Balboa
Air Europa Madrid1
American Airlines Miami
Arajet Santo Domingo–Las Américas
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Costa Rica Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, San José (CR)
Avianca Ecuador Baltra, Bogotá, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Manta, Medellín–Córdova, New York–JFK, Orlando,[16] San Cristóbal
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Iberia Madrid
JetBlue Fort Lauderdale
JetSmart Perú Lima (begins March 6, 2024)[17]
KLM Amsterdam2
LATAM Ecuador Bogotá, Coca, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Manta, Miami, San Cristóbal
LATAM Perú Lima
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental
VivaAerobús Cancún[18]
Wingo Bogotá


  • 1: Air Europa's flight from Quito to Madrid makes a stop in Guayaquil.
  • 2: KLM's flight from Quito to Amsterdam makes a stop in Guayaquil.


Air Canada Cargo Miami, Montréal–Trudeau,[19] Toronto-Pearson[20]
Avianca Cargo Bogotá, Medellín–JMC, Miami
Cargolux Bogotá, Luxembourg
DHL Ecuador Guayaquil
Emirates SkyCargo Aguadilla
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Addis Ababa, Bogotá, Chongqing,[21] Miami
FedEx Express Memphis
LATAM Cargo Chile Santiago de Chile
Martinair Amsterdam
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha, Liège, Miami
UPS Airlines Miami


Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at UIO airport. See Wikidata query.
Passenger statistics
Year Total passengers Cargo (TM)
2001 400,900
2002 577,800 9,990.10
2003 609,900 10,000.80
2004 795,600 21,590.55
2005 825,300 26,556.20
2006 955,500 30,010.50
2007 1,771,859 35,256.40
2008 2,569,800 40,123.65
2009 3,000,560 40,996.60
2010 4,026,521 50,023.65
2011 5,000,500 70,785.09
2012 5,120,000 164,412.03
2013 5,421,106 215,036.88
2014 5,574,019 300,090.90
2015 5,376,544 301,400.10
2016 4,852,530 303,460.90
2017 4,875,166 312,112.90
2018 5,158,103 -
2019 5,037,650 -
2020 683,629 -
2021 1,198,780 -
2022 4,300,000 -

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest international routes (roundtrip) out of Mariscal Sucre International Airport (2020)[22]
Rank Change City Passengers % Change Top carriers
1 Steady Panama City, Panama 103.710 Decrease -74,73% Copa Airlines
2 Steady Bogotá, Colombia 92.107 Decrease -76,28% Avianca, Avianca Ecuador, Wingo
3 Increase 1 Madrid, Spain 85.815 Decrease -66,32% Air Europa, Iberia, Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas
4 Increase 1 Miami, United States 81.952 Decrease -61,61% American Airlines
5 Decrease 2 Lima, Peru 53.609 Decrease -79,45% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador
6 Steady Mexico City, Mexico 53.410 Decrease -64,39% Aeroméxico, Interjet
7 Increase 3 Houston, United States 42.897 Decrease -49,39% United Airlines
8 Increase 1 Amsterdam, Netherlands 33.243 Decrease -67,22% KLM
9 Decrease 1 Fort Lauderdale, United States 32.166 Decrease -72,85% JetBlue Airways
10 Decrease 3 Atlanta, United States 28.250 Decrease -77,99% Delta Air Lines
Busiest domestic routes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (2020)[22]
Rank Change City Passengers % Change Top carriers
1 Steady Guayaquil, Guayas 411.923 Decrease -69,72% Aeroregional, Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
2 Steady Cuenca, Azuay 113.817 Decrease -69,04% Aeroregional, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
3 Steady Baltra Island, Galápagos Islands 74.295 Decrease -73,07% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
4 Steady Manta, Manabí 42.532 Decrease -72,39% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
5 Steady Loja, Loja 41.188 Decrease -62,47% Aeroregional, TAME
6 Steady El Coca, Orellana 33.703 Decrease -68,03% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
7 Steady San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands 22.219 Decrease -72,04% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
8 Increase 1 Machala, El Oro 9.143 Decrease -78,75% TAME
9 Decrease 1 Lago Agrio, Sucumbíos 6.502 Decrease -85,41% TAME
10 Steady Esmeraldas, Esmeraldas 4.527 Decrease -88,44% TAME

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre - Home". Archived from the original on June 7, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Empresa Publica Metropolitana de Servicios Aeroportuarios Archived December 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Se develó la placa con el nombre del aeropuerto de Quito". Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  4. ^ "Un nouvel aéroport international pour Quito" [A new international airport for Quito] (in French). Air Journal. February 22, 2013. Archived from the original on February 26, 2013.
  5. ^ TAME (February 17, 2021). "Communication to our suppliers". Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  6. ^ "New Quito Airport officially inaugurated by Ecuadorean President; operational from 09:00 20-Feb-2013". Centre for Aviation. February 21, 2013. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014.
  7. ^ Skytrax (May 11, 2020). "Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport is Certified with the 5-Star Regional Airport Rating". Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  8. ^ Skytrax (May 11, 2020). "Quito International Airport reaches the premier category in the world". Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  9. ^ Plaisted, James (January 7, 2022). "Houston William P. Hobby Airport is the first 5-Star Airport in North America". Skytrax. Retrieved June 30, 2023.
  10. ^ "Facts About Mariscal Sucre Int'l Airport". Retrieved October 25, 2023.
  11. ^ Report Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine on the conditions of the current airport and the benefits of a new airport (Inter-American Development Bank)
  12. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev 154M CU-T1264 Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO)". Aviation Safety Network. Flight Safety Foundation. November 13, 2005. Archived from the original on February 20, 2009. Retrieved April 8, 2009.
  13. ^ Pereira Lima, Edvaldo (February 25, 2013). "Ecuador's new Quito airport opens". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on February 27, 2013.
  14. ^ "Ecuador Officially Signs New Quito Airport Finance Deal". Wall Street Journal. August 10, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
  15. ^ "Tababela se inaugurará con 129 vuelos". Archived from the original on February 22, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
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  17. ^ "JetSMART Peru Schedules Ecuador Launch in 1H24". Aeroroutes. Retrieved November 27, 2023.
  18. ^ "Viva Aerobus programa vuelos a Ecuador". Aviacionline. March 13, 2023. Retrieved March 13, 2023.
  19. ^ "Air Canada Cargo - Widebody Schedule". Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  20. ^ "Air Canada announces routes for expanded cargo capacity". June 14, 2021.
  21. ^ "Ethiopian Airlines puts Chongqing on freighter map". July 10, 2019.
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