Ecuador: Quito opens new airport Feb. 19


Landing at Quito’s Mariscal Sucre airport can be a white-knuckle affair. High altitude, a cramped runway and towering volcanos nearby make it one of Latin America’s most challenging airports for pilots. That all changes Tuesday as Quito opens a new airport in an agricultural area 12 miles northeast of the city. Of course, Mariscal Sucre sat amid cornfields when it was christened in 1960. Over the years, Quito grew dense around it, turning the airfield into a notoriously nerve-racking neighbor. The new airfield encompasses nearly 6 square miles, 12 times the area of the old airport, most of which will become a public park.

Associated Press

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category