Quito Airport

The New Quito International Airport is being built in the Tababela parish, about 12 miles from Quito, Ecuador. This Ecuador airport  will replace Quito’s current Mariscal Sucre International Airport. Work on the facility began in 2006 and is expected to be completed by October 2010.

See pictures at New Quito Airport

The New Quito International Airport (NQIA), the most modern of its kind in South America, is being constructed with the support and guarantee of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), the Government of Canada’s international contracting agency.

In 2005, CCC signed a $413 million contract to act as prime contractor for the construction of the New Quito International Airport in Ecuador. The Government of Canada, through CCC, guarantees that the airport will be completed on time, on budget and according to the quality standards stated in the contracts between CCC and CORPAQ, the local government entity, and between CCC and Aecon, the Canadian construction firm.

Quito is the gateway to Ecuador, and was the first city declared as World Heritage by UNESCO. The new airport will be a much larger, safer and more advanced airport than the old Quito International Airport

Quito airport is currently the only greenfield airport being built in Latin America, which will help to further develop this city as a business centre with significant commercial, touristic, and export activities.

The construction of the New Quito International Airport is the largest infrastructure project currently in the country. Construction began in January 2006, when the Municipality of Quito gave a concession to QUIPORT S.A.

QUIPORT S.A. a corporation with 100 per cent private capital formed by Aecon Construction Group, from Canada; Airport Development Corporation, also from Canada; HAS Development Corporation, from the United States, and Andrade Gutierrez Consessões (AGC), from Brazil.

Here are excerpts from Quiport’s webpage.

Key Data
Start Year: 2002
Project Type: New international airport
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Estimated Investment: $585m
Construction Started: 2006 (first phase), there will be three phases
Completion: 2010

Quito is the capital of Ecuador and is currently served by the Mariscal Sucre International airport (150ha site), which is totally surrounded by urban development in the middle of the city and cannot possibly expand to accommodate the growing air traffic in Ecuador, increasing due to tourism. Ecuador will play host to over one million tourists during 2007 and tourism is increasing by 2%–3% a year.

In November 2002 Mariscal Sucre Airport was taken over by a joint venture called Corporacion Quiport SA (Quiport) (this consists of Aecon, Andrade Gutierrez Concessoes of Brazil, the Airport Development Corporation of Toronto and HAS Development Corporation of Texas).

“New Quito Airport is being built on a 1,500ha site (ten times larger than the existing airport), about 18km from the centre of town.”

Quiport was actually awarded the concession for the airport by the City of Quito to design, build and operate a new airport to replace the old one. It will also operate the old airport until construction has finished on the New Quito airport and it is opened, sometime in 2010.

The airport will be operated by Quiport under a concession lasting until 2040 (giving them the right to collect 80% of the revenue offshore). The current airport has traffic of 2.8 million passengers a year (the majority (2.2 million) are domestic).


The new airport, which was designed by Marshall Macklin and Monaghan of Canada (Avatar Consulting was also involved in the planning) started construction in early 2006.

“New Quito Airport will be opened sometime in 2010.”

The airport is being constructed under a 51-month Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract between the city of Quito and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) – part of the Canadian Government – that has subcontracted the $415m construction contract to the 50/50 joint venture between Aecon and Andrade Gutierrez Constructores.


The new airport is being built on a 1,500ha site (ten times larger than the existing airport) about 18km from the centre of town.

The terminal building will have a floor space of 38,900m² on four levels; there will be six jetways and 12 remote gates. The air traffic control tower will be 41m tall, with the building occupying a site of 901m².

The initial cargo capacity will be 250,000t a year (eventually increasing to 440,000t). The cargo and support area will have 10,000m² of storage space and 2,200m² for offices, refrigerated storage and access (bonded) areas and also a 5,000m² hangar for maintenance activity. The airport will also incorporate a 60ha free-trade business zone to encourage commerce (increasing to 220ha by 2030).


The positioning of the new airport on the Caraburo Plateau will increase the taxi journey to about 50 minutes to the centre of the city but will have the advantage of only being at an elevation of 2,400m above sea level instead of 2,808m at the current airport so that passengers won’t find altitude sickness such a problem.
“The terminal building will have a floor space of 38,900m² on four levels; there will be six jetways and 12 remote gates.”

The new airport will have a single 3,600m runway. Initially the airport on opening in 2010 will be able to accommodate 4.5 million passengers a year (76,715 operations a year) but this will increase by phased development to 5.5 million by 2020 and 7.5 million by 2030.


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