Quito Airport
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Quito Airport - Mariscal Sucre International Airport - is the largest Air Terminal in Ecuador. It is located in the intersection of. Amazonas Av. and La Prensa Av., at the North of the city. Along with the airport of Guayaquil (José Joaquín de Olmedo) they concentrated much of national and international flights.
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Quito airport was opened in 1960 and due to the growth of the city, currently is only 8 kilometers from the historic center. This airport is surrounded by urban areas and is one of the highest airports in the world (located at 2800 meters above sea level.)

 

There are flights to Quito from Amsterdam, Atlanta, Houston, Madrid, Miami, New York, Buenos Aires, Bonaire, Caracas, Bogotá, Lima, Medellin, Cali, Panama, Punta Cana, Santiago de Chile, and San Jose. Not all flights are direct; several stop over in the city of Guayaquil. There are also charter flights from cities such as San Andres, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Havana, Aruba, Curacao, Cancun, Rio de Janeiro, Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo.

 

The code of the Air Terminal of Quito, according to the international Air transport Association (IATA) is UIO and, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is SEQU.

 

Quito airport has two terminals: one for national flights and one for international flights. Due do the proximity between both of them, you only need to walk to move between the one and the other. Within its services it has tourist information, cafés, restaurants, waiting rooms, sanitary batteries, shops and duty free posts, and a VIP Lounge that can be used as a Business Center. Also closed-circuit (television),migration offices, health service, customs, and Narcotics Control departments.

 

Quito airport has a parking lot with 325 spaces, as well as taxis service located just outside the terminal. The taxi service fares are already established for those who leave from the International Terminal, in contrast to those who take the taxi from the National Terminal: the prices are set by the taximeter.

 

Public transport also operates nearby; there are lines of buses that go by the Avenue La Prensa (from North to South and vice versa). Some of these lines can take you to the area La Mariscal (“La Zona”) which is where the majority of tourists prefer to stay. If you want to go by bus you only have to wait for a bus that goes north to South, with the next sign included : " J.L.Mera" destination or "Juan León Mera", it will take you to the neighborhood of La Mariscal.

 

Another very popular service is the system MetrobusQ which has stops throughout the La Prensa Av. The closest Metrobus stop to the Quito airport is located a couple of blocks to the South. The cost of this transport and urban buses in general is 0.25 USD.

 

There are also several stores outside the Terminal which offer the service of car rental. For more information, please go to our Rent a Car web page in Ecuador.

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