8 December 2010
It is hoped the new international airport in Ecuador’s capital city will be a major aviation development not just for Quito, but for the Latin American region as a whole.
Luz Elena Coloma, Quito Turismo General Manager, said: "Following the opening of our new airport, we expect to see business and leisure traffic to Quito and throughout the country grow substantially year-on-year," she said.
"Quito as a gateway city for the rest of Ecuador and indeed Latin America, will further boost the local economy as the city’s existing infrastructure is well adapted to capitalise on the business the new airport will deliver."
The new airport has been selected by CIFAL, a branch of the UN, as an example of best practice on environmental sustainability in the Americas, which takes into account minimum impact on the environment; emissions and noise reduction; residual water treatment; flora and fauna protection and providing a positive economic impact in the community.
Located in the Tababela and Puembo areas, 25 km east of Quito, the new airport will make Quito an even more attractive commercial proposition for international airlines looking to expand services into this fast developing region.
The existing airport’s growth potential has been hampered by its altitude and short runway, which has meant large aircraft can only take off with 60 per cent of their total capacity.
In Tababela, aircraft will be able to take off with in excess of 90 per cent capacities due to the lower altitude (2400 metres above sea level) and the construction of a 4,100m long runway.