Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Mariscal Sucre International Airport[3] (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre) (IATA: UIO, ICAO: SEQM) is an international airport serving Quito, Ecuador. It 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 for Avianca Ecuador and LATAM Ecuador. It also served as the main hub for TAME, Ecuador's flag-carrier, before the airline was liquidated by the Ecuadorian government in 2020.[5] The airport opened in February 2013 and replaced the 53-year old airport of the same name.[6] The airport is named after independence leader Antonio José de Sucre. It is rated as the only 5-star airport in the Western Hemisphere by Skytrax.[7][8]

Mariscal Sucre
International Airport

Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre
Airport typePublic
OperatorQuiport,[1] CORPAQ[2]
LocationTababela, Quito Canton, Pichincha
Opened20 February 2013; 10 years ago (2013-02-20)
Hub for
Focus city forAvianca
Elevation AMSL2,400 m / 7,874 ft
Coordinates0°06′48″S 78°21′31″W / 0.1133°S 78.3586°W / -0.1133; -78.3586
UIO is located in Ecuador
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 with high wind currents. 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.[9][10]


This picture was taken outside of Mariscal Sucre International Airport.
Check-in and departures area
Arrivals area
Departures screen
Boarding gates
TAME Embraer 190
Avianca Airbus A320
View from the international terminal
KLM flies daily to Quito and Guayaquil using the Boeing 777

Construction began in 2006.[11] A re-negotiation of the financing contract for the airport was signed on 9 August 2010.[12]

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[clarification needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[13]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Iberia Airbus A340-600 aircraft on its inaugural flight to Quito - Mariscal Sucre International Airport from Barajas on the 28th of October, 2013. Was the first transatlantic flight of the airport linked to Europe, celebrated with the traditional water cannon salute.


Aeroméxico Mexico City
Aeroregional Coca, Loja, Machala, Panama City–Balboa
Charter: Caracas, Lima, Porlamar, Punta Cana, Valencia (VE)
Air Europa Madrid1
American Airlines Miami
Arajet Santo Domingo–Las Américas
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca Costa Rica Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, San José de Costa Rica–Juan Santamaría
Avianca Ecuador Baltra, Bogotá, Cancún (begins June 15, 2023),[14] Cuenca, Guayaquil, Manta, Medellín–Córdova,[15] New York–JFK,[16] San Cristóbal
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador
Avioandes Charter: Esmeraldas, Macas
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Equair Baltra, Guayaquil, San Cristóbal
Iberia Madrid
JetBlue Fort Lauderdale
KLM Amsterdam2
LATAM Ecuador Bogotá, Coca, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Manta, Miami, San Cristóbal
LATAM Perú Lima
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental
VivaAerobús Cancún (begins June 16, 2023)[17]
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.


Air Canada Cargo Montréal–Trudeau,[18] Toronto-Pearson[19]
Avianca Cargo Bogotá, Medellín–JMC, Miami
Cargolux Bogotá, Luxembourg
DHL Ecuador Guayaquil
Emirates SkyCargo Aguadilla
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Addis Ababa, Bogotá, Chongqing,[20] Miami
FedEx Express Memphis
LATAM Cargo Chile Santiago de Chile
Martinair Amsterdam
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha, Liège, Miami
UPS Airlines Miami


Annual trafficEdit

Annual passenger traffic at UIO airport. See Wikidata query.
Passenger statistics
Year Total passengers Cargo (TM)
2001 400,900
2002 577,800 9,990.10
2003 609,900 10,000.80
2004 795,600 21,590.55
2005 825,300 26,556.20
2006 955,500 30,010.50
2007 1,771,859 35,256.40
2008 2,569,800 40,123.65
2009 3,000,560 40,996.60
2010 4,026,521 50,023.65
2011 5,000,500 70,785.09
2012 5,120,000 164,412.03
2013 5,421,106 215,036.88
2014 5,574,019 300,090.90
2015 5,376,544 301,400.10
2016 4,852,530 303,460.90
2017 4,875,166 312,112.90
2018 5,158,103 -
2019 5,037,650 -
2020 683,629 -
2021 1,198,780 -
2022 4,300,000 -

Top destinationsEdit

Busiest international routes (roundtrip) out of Mariscal Sucre International Airport (2020)[21]
Rank Change City Passengers % Change Top carriers
1     Panama City, Panama 103.710   -74,73% Copa Airlines
2     Bogotá, Colombia 92.107   -76,28% Avianca, Avianca Ecuador, Wingo
3   1   Madrid, Spain 85.815   -66,32% Air Europa, Iberia, Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas
4   1   Miami, United States 81.952   -61,61% American Airlines
5   2   Lima, Peru 53.609   -79,45% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador
6     Mexico City, Mexico 53.410   -64,39% Aeroméxico, Interjet
7   3   Houston, United States 42.897   -49,39% United Airlines
8   1   Amsterdam, Netherlands 33.243   -67,22% KLM
9   1   Fort Lauderdale, United States 32.166   -72,85% JetBlue Airways
10   3   Atlanta, United States 28.250   -77,99% Delta Air Lines
11   2   Santiago, Chile 15.805   -57,23% LATAM Chile
12   5   Dallas/Fort Worth, United States 15.215   441,65% American Airlines
13   3   Toronto–Pearson, Canada 14.779   275,20% Air Canada Rouge
14   2   Paris–Charles de Gaulle, France 12.439   -66,58% Air France
15   4   San Salvador, El Salvador 10.851   -85,52% Avianca El Salvador
16   2   São Paulo/Guarulhos, Brazil 7.381   -76,11% Gol Transportes Aéreos
Busiest domestic routes from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (2020)[21]
Rank Change City Passengers % Change Top carriers
1     Guayaquil, Guayas 411.923   -69,72% Aeroregional, Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
2     Cuenca, Azuay 113.817   -69,04% Aeroregional, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
3     Baltra Island, Galápagos Islands 74.295   -73,07% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
4     Manta, Manabí 42.532   -72,39% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
5     Loja, Loja 41.188   -62,47% Aeroregional, TAME
6     El Coca, Orellana 33.703   -68,03% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
7     San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands 22.219   -72,04% Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador, TAME
8   1   Machala, El Oro 9.143   -78,75% TAME
9   1   Lago Agrio, Sucumbíos 6.502   -85,41% TAME
10     Esmeraldas, Esmeraldas 4.527   -88,44% TAME

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Empresa Publica Metropolitana de Servicios Aeroportuarios Archived December 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
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  5. ^ TAME (February 17, 2021). "Communication to our suppliers". Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  6. ^ "New Quito Airport officially inaugurated by Ecuadorean President; operational from 09:00 20-Feb-2013". Centre for Aviation. February 21, 2013. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014.
  7. ^ Skytrax (May 11, 2020). "Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport is Certified with the 5-Star Regional Airport Rating". Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  8. ^ Skytrax (May 11, 2020). "Quito International Airport reaches the premier category in the world". Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  9. ^ Report Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine on the conditions of the current airport and the benefits of a new airport (Inter-American Development Bank)
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  12. ^ "Ecuador Officially Signs New Quito Airport Finance Deal". Wall Street Journal. August 10, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
  13. ^ "Tababela se inaugurará con 129 vuelos". Archived from the original on February 22, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  14. ^ "Avianca Ecuador inicia venta de vuelos Quito – Cancún". Nicolás Larenas. April 13, 2023. Retrieved April 13, 2023.
  15. ^ "Avianca tendrá vuelos a Ecuador desde Cartagena y Medellín". Aviacionline. December 2022. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  16. ^ "Avianca launches Quito – New York flights and plans to add new destinations from Ecuador". Aviacionline. February 13, 2023. Retrieved February 13, 2023.
  17. ^ "Viva Aerobus programa vuelos a Ecuador". Aviacionline. March 13, 2023. Retrieved March 13, 2023.
  18. ^ "Air Canada Cargo - Widebody Schedule". Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  19. ^ "Air Canada announces routes for expanded cargo capacity". June 14, 2021.
  20. ^ "Ethiopian Airlines puts Chongqing on freighter map". July 10, 2019.
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