Airport control tower in Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador.
Safer, environmentally friendly airport becomes new aviation hub in Ecuador’s capital city

The original Mariscal Sucre International Airport served the Quito, Ecuador, area for more than 50 years. As the city’s principal aviation facility, the airport handled an average of 6 million passengers and 164,000 metric tons in its final years of activity.

Challenge
By 2013, Mariscal Sucre International Airport had reached capacity. Furthermore, given its location in the middle of a city, and surrounded by the Andes, the facility could not be expanded to accommodate additional travelers or freight.

Solution
Empresa Pública Metropolitana de Servicios Aeroportuarios y Gestión de Zonas Francas y Regímenes Especiales selected Louis Berger to manage the construction of a new greenfield airport, the first in Latin America, to replace the former aviation hub. The team’s duties included reviewing designs, coordinating project schedules and supervising construction.

Louis Berger experts also collaborated with multiple agencies and subcontractors to ensure the airport, situated within an area of high seismic risk, was built to resist damage from magnitude-9 earthquakes.

The new Mariscal Sucre International Airport, located 18 kilometers east of Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, celebrated its inaugural commercial flight in February 2013. The airport’s 4.1-kilometer runway, one of the longest in the region, is considered a notable aviation achievement that will improve aviation safety in the area’s mountainous terrain.

The new airport will also have a significantly lower environmental impact on the natural environment and surrounding communities than the former facility, which was located in Quito’s city center. The Organization of American States and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research recognized the airport project for its “sustainable and sound environmental management.”