Mariscal Sucre International Airport is the public airport serving the city of Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador. It is the busiest airport in Ecuador, as well as one of the busiest airports in South America. The new Quito Airport is situated on the Oyambaro plain near the town of Tababela, approximately 18 kilometres east of Quito. The old airport of the same name was located in the northern part of the city, surrounded by mountains. Due to this, it could no longer be expanded to increase air traffic or to accommodate larger aircraft, hence was replaced with the new Quito Airport. The old airport ceased operations and the new airport opened simultaneously on February 2013.
Mariscal Sucre International Airport is the largest hub of the flag carrier of Ecuador, TAME, handling an average of more than 220 flights daily. It is also a hub for LAN Ecuador and Avianca Ecuador, as well as a focus city for Avianca and LAN Airlines. The airport resides at an elevation of 7,874 ft (2,400 m) above mean sea level. It has a runway designated 18/36 at the length of 13,451 ft (4,100 m).
The new airport commenced operations on February 20, 2013 after the closure of the old airport. Improvements advancements to the terminal building have been made.
Services and Facilities
Mariscal Sucre International Airport features the Mall del Cielo, or Mall of Heaven, for passengers waiting for their scheduled flights or for those who have just arrived at the airport. The mall provides a wide range of products and services, with a variety of duty free products and miscellaneous merchandise such as perfumes, travel essentials, clothing apparel, watches, handbags, electronics, toys, chocolates, liquor, and accessories. A nice selection of restaurants, cafes, and bars are available for the parched and the hungry, including TGI Friday's, Johnny Rockets, Guacamole Grill, and Darwin's Bar. As for services, passengers won't need to leave the airport for relaxing massages, car rentals, baggage wrapping, and telephone and Internet service. International and National VIP rooms are available to anyone for a fee. In fact, passengers who need fast and exclusive assistance, regardless of whether they will be leaving or arriving, can avail of the airport's Custom Assist services. Simply purchase a personalized card assist on Level 1 of the Passenger Terminal, by the door of the Administrative income and Amazon Café. Present this card to the Personalized Assistance counter in the Public Hall.
Mariscal Sucre International Airport is served by several airlines, including the following: Aeroméxico, American Airlines, Avianca El Salvador, Avianca Ecuador, Avianca Peru, Boliviana de Aviación, Copa Airlines, Copa Airlines Colombia, Delta Air Lines, Iberia, KLM, LAN Airlines, LAN Ecuador, LAN Perú, TAME, United Airlines, and Viva Colombia. Scheduled passenger services operate between Quito Airport and the airports in Baltra, Bogotá, Coca, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Lago Agrio, Lima, Manta, San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Buenos Aires, Cali, Caracas, Cuenca, Esmeraldas, Fort Lauderdale, Guayaquil, Havana, Lago Agrio, Lima, Loja, Manta, Macas, Machala, New York, Salinas, São Paulo, San Cristóbal, Tena, Tulcan, Miami, Houston, Mexico City, San Salvador, Madrid, Amsterdam, and other destinations. In addition to commercial passenger service, the airport also handles cargo courtesy of DHL Aero Expreso, ABSA Cargo Airline, Martinair, and several others.
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