Ecuador Trips: New Quito Airport Opens February 20th

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Ecuador Trips: New Quito Airport Opens February 20th

Postby jasonatl » Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:36 pm

If you're going on a trip to Ecuador and are flying into Quito, note that they have a new airport opening on February 20th, 2013. The new airport is much larger than the old one but is located outside of town. You will need to set aside more time to get to and from the airport. Also the taxi fare will be much more expensive now. It'll probably also take a few months to work out the normal problems any new airport has upon opening so you'll want to add a bit of extra time for that too.

On the good side of things, the old airport is going to be converted into a park with extensive water features. Given its location in the middle of the northern part of the city, this will be a great addition to Quito. Also airplanes won't have to make crazy maneuvers to get to the airport anymore, making things safer for those flying and on the ground.
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Re: Ecuador Trips: New Quito Airport Opens February 20th

Postby tico » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:07 pm

Is this confirmed?

I returned from Quito in early February. Locals seemed to be snickering at the February 20th date, and while driving past the site it looked like they were still working on the access roads.
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Re: Ecuador Trips: New Quito Airport Opens February 20th

Postby jasonatl » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:14 am

Locals have a good reason to snicker since the opening has been delayed quite a few times. But the airlines are set to touchdown at the new airport on Wednesday so it looks like it is for real this time. Of course, we won't really know for sure until the 20th. :)

As far as I know the access road is there but the route to Quito still needs some work. The construction for widening the road will likely be a problem for some time to come, causing delays to and from the new airport. Once that's finished it should be a better situation for everyone involved. Can't imagine what it's going to be like for those who live near the old airport to suddenly have no more airplanes flying overhead. Dancing on the roof tops?
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