Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Mariscal Sucre International Airport[3] (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre) (IATA: UIO, ICAO: SEQM) is the busiest airport in Ecuador and one of the busiest airports in South America. It is located in the Tababela parish, about 18 kilometres (11 mi)[4] east of Quito and serves as the largest hub of TAME, the flag carrier of Ecuador, with an average of over 220 weekly flights. It opened in February 2013 and replaced the old Mariscal Sucre International Airport.[5] The airport is named after independence leader Antonio José de Sucre.

Mariscal Sucre
International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre
Airport typePublic
OperatorQuiport,[1] CORPAQ[2]
ServesQuito, Pichincha, Ecuador
LocationTababela, Quito Canton
Hub for
Elevation AMSL2,400 m / 7,874 ft
Coordinates0°06′48″S 78°21′31″W
Location of airport in Ecuador
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 4,100 13,451 Pavement


The new Quito International Airport is located on the Oyambaro plain near the town of Tababela, about 18 kilometers (11 mi) east of Quito, Ecuador. The location was chosen in order to expand the capacity of the city's airport.

The old airport posed enormous risks because it was located in the middle of a mountainous city. It could no longer be expanded to accommodate larger aircraft or increased air traffic, and had been the scene of numerous incidents and accidents during the latter years of its operation.[6][7]


Construction began in 2006.[8] A re-negotiation of the financing contract for the airport was signed on 9 August 2010.[9]

At about 6:19 a.m. on July 2, 2012, an American Airlines Boeing 757 landed at the new airport with about 100 passengers on board. The flight was used to obtain the operating certificate for track tests. It also allowed testing of the performance of the electronics mounted for handling and transporting luggage and check-in counters for passengers and baggage. The aircraft departed from the existing Mariscal Sucre International Airport with Quito's Mayor, Augusto Barrera, local authorities, aviation staff, and the media to pre-test boarding procedures at 5:30 a.m., later taking off at about 6:10 a.m. After a 9-minute flight, the flight landed at the new Airport. After landing and subsequent taxiing through taxiway 1 of the new airport, the airplane was greeted with a water cannon salute from two fire trucks.

Subsequently, visitors toured the facilities of the passenger terminal building and the north and south ends of the runway. After the tour, Mayor Barrera and authorities gave a press conference. There, the Mayor also stated that the airport would be ready at its inauguration, as well as enhancements to the E-35, and Interoceanic highways. "This is a day of joy and optimism for the city. At this point all you get joining goodwill," the official said adding that the social energy that the city should serve to build and make things.

Mayor Barrera also stated that this airport will be a remarkable leap in economic development of the city of Quito and that the strategic alliance with Quiport achieved with the resources generated by the new airport will be for all the people of Quito. "We are checking with the facts that transformation we're doing for the Quito we crave" he said. The mayor also reported that when the Mariscal Sucre Airport closes, construction of a new park will begin at the current site, and within days the bidding will begin for the 1st phase of the planned Quito Metro, as well as for the construction of a new bridge over the Chiche river.

The official inauguration was postponed from October, 2012, citing the progress of improvements to various access routes, the holiday season, and other factors. The new airport commenced operations on 20 February 2013 following the closure of the old airport the night before. The first flights scheduled to arrive at the new airport were TAME flight 302 from Guayaquil (domestic), and LAN flight 2590 from Lima, Peru (international). Arrival times were scheduled for 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. respectively.[10]

Airlines and destinations


Aeroméxico Mexico City
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
Air Europa Madrid1
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth (resumes December 18, 2019),[11] Miami
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Costa Rica San Salvador
Avianca Ecuador Baltra, Bogotá, Coca, Guayaquil, Lima, Manta, San Cristóbal
Conviasa Caracas
Copa Airlines Panama City
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Gol Transportes Aéreos São Paulo–Guarulhos
Iberia Madrid
Interjet Mexico City
JetBlue Fort Lauderdale
KLM Amsterdam2
LATAM Chile Santiago de Chile
LATAM Ecuador Baltra, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Lima, Manta, San Cristóbal, Santiago de Chile
LATAM Perú Lima
Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas Madrid3
TAME Baltra, Coca, Cuenca, Esmeraldas, Guayaquil, Lago Agrio, Manta, Machala, Salinas, San Cristóbal
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental
Wingo Bogotá


  • 1: Air Europa's flight from Quito to Madrid makes a stop in Guayaquil.
  • 2: KLM's flight from Quito to Amsterdam makes a stop in Guayaquil.
  • 3: Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas's flight from Quito to Madrid will make a stop in Guayaquil.


AeroSucre Bogotá
Atlas Air Miami, Amsterdam
Avianca Cargo Bogotá, Medellín, Miami
Cargolux Luxembourg
DHL Aero Expreso Miami
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum, Amsterdam
FedEx Express Miami
LATAM Cargo Brasil Campinas-Viracopos, Fortaleza, Guayaquil, Manaus, Miami, Panama City
LATAM Cargo Chile Amsterdam, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Miami, Santiago de Chile
LATAM Cargo Colombia Amsterdam, Bogotá, Miami, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão
LATAM Cargo Mexico Los Angeles, Mexico City
Líneas Aéreas Suramericanas Bogotá
Martinair Amsterdam
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha, Miami
UPS Airlines Miami


Annual traffic

Passenger statistics
YearTotal passengersCargo (TM)

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (2013)
Rank City Passengers Top carriers
1 Guayaquil, Guayas 3,255,018 Avianca Ecuador, LATAM, TAME
2 Cuenca, Azuay 702,522 LATAM, TAME
3 Manta, Manabí 450,514 Avianca Ecuador, TAME
4 Baltra Island, Galápagos Islands 283,601 Avianca Ecuador, TAME
5 Machala, El Oro 109,036 TAME
6 Coca, Orellana 90,668 Avianca Ecuador, TAME
7 San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands 60,546 Avianca Ecuador, LATAM, TAME
8 Loja, Loja 40,980 TAME, Linea Aerea Cuencana
9 Esmeraldas, Esmeraldas 35,112 TAME
10 Lago Agrio, Sucumbíos 30,526 TAME
Busiest international routes (roundtrip) out of Mariscal Sucre International Airport (2013)
Rank City Passengers Top carriers % Change
1 Miami, United States 498,646 American Airlines, LATAM 30.12%
2 Bogotá, Colombia 472,392 Avianca Ecuador, Copa Airlines Colombia, TAME 28.14%
3 Madrid, Spain 200,622 Iberia 22.02%
4 Lima, Peru 100,424 Avianca Ecuador, Avianca Perú, LATAM, TAME 19.47%
5 Amsterdam, Netherlands 89,773 KLM 46.69%
6 Medellín, Colombia 75,207 LATAM 10.99%
7 Buenos Aires, Argentina 69,525 LATAM, TAME 9.87%
8 Panama City, Panama 68,056 Copa Airlines, TAME 9.1%
9 Mexico City, Mexico 58,200 Aeroméxico
10 San Salvador, El Salvador 54,267 TACA Airlines 4.52%


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