New Quito Mariscal Sucre (UIO) Airport
New Quito Mariscal Sucre UIO Airport Overview
New Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport UIO (short NQIA) officially opened at its new location on February 20, 2013, with a facility ten times the size of the former airport site. It is Ecuador's primary Airport and serves the country's capital city of Quito and its Pichincha surroundings. It is operated by the Quiport Corportation.
The new Airport is located in the Tababela Parish, on the Caraburo Plateau, at an elevation of 2,400 meters, and is about 20 km east of the City of Quito (a 50-min taxi drive to city center - note however that another source points out that at present, traffic on this road is stop & go, 18 hrs/day, and a taxi ride can take up to two hours and charge $25-30). The planned shuttle service will take an extra 15 minutes.
The city of Quito, declared a World Cultural Hertitage, due to its rich history & culture and its well-preserved old part of the city going back to its colonial times, is also Latin America's fastest growing city and is the arrivals/transfer point for tourists on their way to the Galapagos Islands. Note that Quito is to have its own Metro line (now starting its first phase of construction); also, a new bridge will be built over the Chiche river.
With a runway 3,600 meters (presently the longest in Latin America) and 2 taxiways able to handle 44 operations per hour, the Airport is hub to AeroGal, LAN Ecuador, TAME, a focus ciy for LAN Peru, and is served by domestic and international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. Note that Ecuador's TAME Airlines now handles both domestic & International flights to Sao Paulo, and as of mid-2013 to New York, using its A330 wide-body aircraft.
The new Instrument Landing System (ILS) for runway 18 now has this precision approach system in the two headers from the airport (north and south), reducing operation closures as a result of winter weather.
It is expected that in the first year of operation, total passenger count will only be 1million (the old Airport had 6.3 million) and increase dramatically as phased work on the Terminal continues into 2014 & beyond.
The new 'Quito Airport Suites' hotel is just minutes from the main Airport entrance.
New Mariscal Sucre Airport has one passenger terminal accommodating up to 5 million passengers a year, and currently using six airbridges /boarding gates and 50 airline counters.
The Sky Mall (Mall del Dielo) houses certain stores & services in groups: duty-free, general merchandise, domestic arts & crafts, jewellery, food & drink, and services. Attenza Duty Free stores are both in international arrivals & departures areas. Additional space will be filled by specialized brand buitiques in the walk-through space.
VIP lounges, accessible to all passengers at a fee, are in both domestic & international areas: The Salon Quito is in the domestic area and the International VIP lounge, open as of mid-2013, is in the international area.
Furthermore, personalized attention service is available, but need at least 24-hr advance notice - call +(593-2) 294-4900 ext. 2618 (call 24/7 or Customer Service Mobile Phone: +(593-9) 831-4152.
The Customer Service counter is on on level 1 in the Arrivals Hall, and at level 2 in the Departures Hall - both at pre-security, staffed by muli-language attendants. You also can call 24/7 294-4900, ext. 2618 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Airlines serving the Airport: American, Avianca, Delta, COPA /AeroRepublica, LAN, TACA /LACSA, Iberia, KLM, Tame, & United.
Customer Service +(593-2) 294-4900 ext. 0
Flight Information +(593-2) 294-4900 ext. 3
Quiport +(593-2) 294-4900 ext. 5
Rental car counters are located in the Arrivals Hall.
Parking at Mariscal Sucre Airport: 700 parking spaces are available across from the terminal, administeed by UrbaPark. The first 15 minutes of parking are free - ideal for passenger pickup.
To get from Mariscal Sucre Airport to your destination, you can rent a car, take a taxi ('Taxi Servicios' is the authorized taxi provider operating 24/7, year-round), or take a shared-ride van, a shuttle bus, or the public bus system:
1. Shared-ride vans are available outside of the Arrivals Hall.
2. New white Aeroservicios non-stop buses to Quito depart daily every 30 minutes.
3. Public buses offer two routes from the Airport - one to North Quito by Rio Coca, and one to South Quito by Quitumbe - both are green buses, and charge $2, making each 11 intermediate stops.
Future Airport developments will be ongoing until 2014 and beyond. This site will endeavor to keep you posted of further developments.
New Quito Mariscal Sucre UIO Airport Update History
- UIO Airports - Oct 28, 2013
- UIO Airport Intro - Jun 14, 2013
- UIO Email - Jun 14, 2013