Mariscal Sucre International Airport

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"Mariscal Sucre Airport" redirects here. For the old airport, see Old Mariscal Sucre International Airport. For the one in Venezuela, see Mariscal Sucre Airport (Venezuela). For other uses, see Sucre (disambiguation).
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Mariscal Sucre
International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre
Airport type Public
Operator Quiport,[1] CORPAQ[2]
Serves Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Location Tababela, Quito Canton
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 2,400 m / 7,874 ft
Coordinates 0°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 de Tababela Mariscal Sucre) (IATA: UIOICAO: 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 of TAME, the flag carrier of Ecuador, with an average of over 220 weekly flights.

It opened in February 2013 and replaced the old Mariscal Sucre International Airport.[5]


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 due to its location in a residential area of the city's northern sector.


Airport interior, Check-in and Departures
Airport interior, Arrivals

Construction began in 2006.[6] A re-negotiation of the financing contract for the airport was signed on 9 August 2010.[7]

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 allows 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.[8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aerolíneas Argentinas Seasonal: Buenos Aires-Ezeiza (begins 1 March 2016)[9] International
Aeroméxico Mexico City International
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami International
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador International
Avianca Ecuador Baltra, Coca, Guayaquil, Manta, San Cristóbal Domestic
Avianca Ecuador Bogotá, Lima, Panama City1, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru2 International
Copa Airlines Panama City International
Copa Airlines Colombia Bogotá, Barranquilla, Panama City International
Delta Air Lines Atlanta International
Iberia Madrid International
Insel Air Aruba Aruba International
JetBlue Airways Fort Lauderdale (begins 25 February 2016)[10] International
KLM Amsterdam3 International
LAN Airlines Santiago de Chile International
LAN Ecuador Baltra, Cuenca, Guayaquil, San Cristóbal Domestic
LAN Ecuador Lima, Miami, Santiago de Chile International
TAME Baltra, Coca, Cuenca, Esmeraldas, Guayaquil, Lago Agrio, Loja, Manta, Macas, Machala, Salinas, San Cristóbal, Tena, Tulcan Domestic
TAME Bogotá, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cali, Caracas, Fort Lauderdale (ends 20 February 2016),[11] Havana, Lima, New York-JFK
Seasonal: Cartagena, Curaçao, Montego Bay, Punta Cana, San Andrés, Varadero
United Airlines Houston-Intercontinental International
Viva Colombia Bogotá International


  • 1: Avianca Ecuador's flight from Quito to Panama City makes a stop in Bogota and a weekly non-stop flight.
  • 2: Avianca Ecuador's flight from Quito to Santa Cruz de la Sierra makes a stop in Lima.
  • 3: KLM's flight from Quito to Amsterdam makes a stop in Guayaquil.


Cargo apron
Airlines Destinations
ABSA Cargo Airline Campinas-Viracopos, Fortaleza, Guayaquil, Manaus, Miami, Panama City
AeroSucre Bogotá
Atlas Air New York-JFK
Avianca Cargo Bogotá, Medellín, Miami
Cargolux Luxembourg
Centurion Air Cargo Miami
Cielos Airlines Lima, Miami
DHL Aero Expreso Miami
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum
FedEx Express Miami
Florida West International Airways Miami
LAN Cargo Amsterdam, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Miami, Santiago de Chile
LANCO Amsterdam, Bogotá, Miami, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão
Lufthansa Cargo Aguadilla, Frankfurt
Líneas Aéreas Suramericanas Bogotá
Martinair Aguadilla, Amsterdam, Miami, San Jose de Costa Rica
MasAir Los Angeles, Mexico City
Southern Air Miami
UPS Airlines Miami


Movements 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
Passengers 5,800,000 5,500,000 5,400,000 5,120,000 5,000,500 4,026,521 3,000,560 2,569,800 1,771,859 955,500 825,300 795,600 609,900 577,800 400,900
Cargo (TM) 400,000 300,090.90 215,036.88 164,412.03 70,785.09 50,023.65 40,996.6 40,123.65 35,256.4 30,010.5 26,556.2 21,590.55 10,000.8 9,990.1
Busiest domestic routes (roundtrip) out of Mariscal Sucre International Airport (2013)
Rank City Passengers Top carriers
1 Guayaquil, Guayas 3,255,018 Avianca Ecuador, LAN Ecuador, TAME
2 Cuenca, Azuay 702,522 LAN Ecuador, TAME
3 Manta, Manabí 450,514 Avianca Ecuador, TAME
4 Baltra Island, Galápagos Islands 283,601 Avianca Ecuador, TAME
5 Machala, El Oro 109,036 TAME
6 Coca, Orellana 90,668 Avianca Ecuador, TAME
7 San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands 60,546 Avianca Ecuador, LAN Ecuador, TAME
8 Loja, Loja 40,980 TAME, Linea Aerea Cuencana
9 Esmeraldas, Esmeraldas 35,112 TAME
10 Lago Agrio, Sucumbíos 30,526 TAME
Busiest international routes (roundtrip) out of Mariscal Sucre International Airport (2013)
Rank City Passengers Top carriers  % Change
1 United States Miami, United States 498,646 American Airlines, LAN Airlines, LAN Ecuador Increase 30.12%
2 Colombia Bogotá, Colombia 472,392 Avianca Ecuador, Copa Airlines Colombia, TAME Increase 28.14%
3 Spain Madrid, Spain 200,622 Iberia Increase 22.02%
4 Peru Lima, Peru 100,424 Avianca Ecuador, Avianca Perú, LAN Perú, TAME Increase 19.47%
5 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 89,773 KLM Increase 46.69%
6 Colombia Medellín, Colombia 75,207 LAN Perú Increase 10.99%
7 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 69,525 LAN Ecuador, TAME Increase 9.87%
8 Panama Panama City, Panama 68,056 Copa Airlines, TAME Increase 9.1%
9 Brazil São Paulo, Brazil 60,989 TAME Increase 25.1%
10 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 58,200 Aeroméxico Steady
11 El Salvador San Salvador, El Salvador 54,267 TACA Airlines Increase 4.52%
12 Colombia Cali, Colombia 52,506 LAN Peru, TAME Increase 3.11%


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