Seymour Airport

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Seymour Airport
Seymour Airport, Isla Baltra, Galapagos Islands.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
ServesBaltra, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Elevation AMSL207 ft / 63 m
Coordinates00°27′14″S 90°15′57″W / 0.45389°S 90.26583°W / -0.45389; -90.26583
Map
GPS is located in Galápagos Islands
GPS
GPS
Location of airport in the Galápagos Islands
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 2,401 7,877 Asphalt
Source: WAD[1] GCM[2] Google Maps[3]
Outside of new building of Seymour Airport, Baltra Is., Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Inside of new building of Seymour Airport, Baltra Is., Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Seymour Airport (IATA: GPS, ICAO: SEGS) is an airport serving the island of Baltra, one of the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador.

Facilities[edit]

The airport became the world’s first "green" airport in December 2012.

The new terminal, which consists of recycled steel tubes taken from oil drilling operations in the Amazon, is spread over 6,000 square meters and required an investment of just over $24 million. The new complex will use clean, renewable technologies such as solar energy, wind farms, and seawater desalination, among other environmental innovations.

According to ECOGAL, the company that operates the terminal, construction of the new airport took into account the surrounding environment and sought to make a minimal impact on the ecosystem. The project was announced in 2008, with construction commencing in 2012. The purpose of the redevelopment from the outset was to create the world’s first ecological airport. ECOGAL was awarded a 15-year concession to administer and operate the airport.

The Galapagos non-directional beacon (Ident: GLS) is located 1.0 nautical mile (1.9 km) off the approach threshold of Runway 14. The Galapagos VOR-DME (Ident: GLV) is located on the field.[4][5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Avianca Ecuador Guayaquil, Quito
LATAM Ecuador Guayaquil, Quito
TAME Guayaquil, Quito, San Cristóbal

History[edit]

During World War II, the airport (known as Seymour Island Airfield) was used by the United States Army Air Forces Sixth Air Force defending the South American coastline and the Panama Canal against Japanese submarines. The first American personnel arrived on 9 April 1942. Military flying units assigned to the airport were:

Detachments stationed at: Salinas Afld, Ecuador and Talara Afld, Peru, December 1942-March 1943

By 30 September 1945, most personnel were withdrawn and only a housekeeping staff remained. The military facility was inactivated on 30 April 1946, leaving a communications unit which inactivated on 29 February 1948. Today many of the former USAAF aircraft parking hardstands still exist, along with an unused NW/SE runway that was abandoned after the war, but remains in reasonable condition.

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References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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