Tourism officials in Ecuador say plans for a new airport in Quito are set to change travel in South America for the better. Currently commercial travel to the Ecuadorian capital is hampered by conditions at Tababela airport as planes have been known to have problems with the high altitudes and the very short runways.
The new airport, however, well address these concerns and will also address the concern of limited capacity. The new airport will reportable have the ability to receive more than four million passengers annually. It will also have a loading capacity of 270,000.
Luz Elena Coloma, the Quito Turismo general manager, said that following the opening of this new airport they expect to see business and leisure traffic to Quito and throughout the whole country grow substantially year-on-year. Thus, the airport in Quito is looking forward to these changes.
Looking a little ways into the future, the airport will be designed to allow for further expansion in 2020 and in 2030. This is being done so that the airport will be able to grow in order to meet demand. This new airport itself will extend to cover an area of about 3,700 acres.
Luz went on to say that Quito is a gateway city for the rest of Ecuador, Galapagos Islands and for Latin America as a whole. This new improved airport will help to further boost the area’s economy.
The new airport will finally open for business in November of 2011. Overall, this expanded airport should be able to bring in more tourists to the area, which is good news for Quito, as well as the surrounding areas.