New Era for Quito: $700 Million Airport Set to Open

The opening of Quito’s new airport next year will transform international air travel to Ecuador, writes Joe Bates.

Building any new airport is a major infrastructure development project, but when the required facility is located 7,000ft above sea level in the Andes, it is a mega-event.

The construction challenges, and finding the funds to pay for it, perhaps best explains why Quito’s downtown located Mariscal Sucre International Airport has remained open for so long despite its outdated facilities and operational limitations.

However, all this is about to change with the planned February 20, 2013, opening of Quito’s new $700 million gateway to the world.

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