Mariscal Sucre International Airport

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Mariscal Sucre
International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre
Airport typePublic
OperatorQuiport,[1] CORPAQ[2]
ServesQuito, Pichincha, Ecuador
LocationTababela, Quito Canton
Hub for
Elevation AMSL2,400 m / 7,874 ft
Coordinates0°06′48″S 78°21′31″W / 0.1133°S 78.3586°W / -0.1133; -78.3586Coordinates: 0°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 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 for the Ecuadorian flag-carrier Avianca Ecuador and LATAM Ecuador. It opened in February 2013 and replaced the old Mariscal Sucre International Airport.[5] The airport is named after independence leader Antonio José de Sucre. It is rated as the only 5-star airport in the Western Hemisphere by Skytrax.[6][7]


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.[8][9]


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.[10] A re-negotiation of the financing contract for the airport was signed on 9 August 2010.[11]

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 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.

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.[12]

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
Air Europa Madrid1
American Airlines Miami
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Costa Rica San Salvador (resumes October 25, 2020)[13]
Avianca Ecuador Baltra, Bogotá, Coca, Guayaquil, Lago Agrio, Manta, San Cristóbal
Conviasa Caracas
Copa Airlines Panama City[14]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta (resumes December 19, 2020)[15]
Iberia Madrid
Interjet Mexico City (suspended)[16]
JetBlue Fort Lauderdale
KLM Amsterdam2
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Ecuador Baltra, Coca, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Lima, Machala, Manta, San Cristóbal
LATAM Perú Lima
Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas Madrid3 [17]
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental
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.
  • 3: Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas's flight from Quito to Madrid makes a stop in Guayaquil.


Air Canada Cargo Montréal–Trudeau[18]
Avianca Cargo Bogotá, Medellín-JMC, Miami
Cargolux Bogotá
Emirates SkyCargo Aguadilla
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Bogotá, Miami
LATAM Cargo Chile Miami
Martinair Miami
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha, Liège, Miami
UPS Airlines Miami


Annual traffic[edit]

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

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest international routes (roundtrip) out of Mariscal Sucre International Airport (2018)[19]
Rank Change City Passengers % Change Top carriers
1 Steady Bogotá, Colombia 421.526 Increase 6,66% Avianca Ecuador, TAME, Wingo
2 Steady Panama City, Panama 376.110 Increase 6,14% Copa Airlines
3 Steady Lima, Peru 321.040 Increase 8,68% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
4 Increase 1 Madrid, Spain 231.586 Increase 28,23% Iberia
5 Decrease 1 Miami, United States 217.977 Increase 2,19% American Airlines
6 Steady New York–JFK, United States 145.092 Increase 6,41% TAME
7 Increase 3 Mexico City, Mexico 131.790 Increase 50,84% Aeroméxico
8 Decrease 1 Atlanta, United States 128.940 Decrease -1,04% Delta Air Lines
9 Decrease 1 Amsterdam, Netherlands 112.797 Increase 1,58% KLM
10 Decrease 1 Fort Lauderdale, United States 99.086 Increase 2,85% JetBlue Airways
11 Steady Houston, United States 85.804 Decrease -1,37% United Airlines
12 Steady San Salvador, El Salvador 71.545 Increase 14,48% Avianca El Salvador
13 Steady Dallas/Fort Worth, United States 36.249 Decrease -30,76% American Airlines
14 Steady Santiago, Chile 13.335 Increase 3,00% LATAM Ecuador
15 Steady Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Argentina 6.114 Decrease -16,90% LATAM Ecuador
16 New São Paulo–Guarulhos, Brazil 500 Increase New Gol Transportes Aéreos
Busiest domestic routes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (2018)[19]
Rank Change City Passengers % Change Top carriers
1 Steady Guayas Province Guayaquil, Guayas 1.512.209 Increase 6,42% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
2 Steady Azuay Province Cuenca, Azuay 358.958 Increase 22,80% LATAM Ecuador, TAME
3 Steady Galápagos Province Baltra Island, Galápagos Islands 291.765 Increase 12,94% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
4 Steady Manabí Province Manta, Manabí 165.951 Decrease -5,55% Avianca Ecuador, TAME
5 Steady Orellana Province El Coca, Orellana 112.195 Decrease -8,80% Avianca Ecuador, TAME
6 Steady Loja Province Loja, Loja 104.472 Increase 1,71% TAME
7 Steady Galápagos Province San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands 76.616 Increase 18,57% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
8 Increase 2 Sucumbíos Province Lago Agrio, Sucumbíos 47.780 Increase 7,97% TAME
9 Decrease 1 Esmeraldas Province Esmeraldas, Esmeraldas 45.036 Decrease -12,00% TAME
10 Decrease 1 El Oro Province Machala, El Oro 38.682 Decrease -20,95% TAME
11 Steady Santa Elena Province Salinas, Santa Elena 2.082 Decrease -58,98% TAME


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