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Quito/Old Mariscal Sucre International

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Name Quito/Old Mariscal Sucre International
Region South America and Caribbean
Territory Ecuador EC.gif
Location Chaupicruz, Pichincha
Serving Quito
Elevation 2,812.694 m
9,228 ft
9,228 ft2,812.694 m
Coordinates 0° 8' 28.00" S, 78° 29' 19.00" W
Designator Length Width Surface ROPS
17/35 3120 m10,236.22 ft
46 m150.919 ft
ASP yes/yes

Tag(s) Hot and High Operations

Closed in 2016, this former international airport served Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. The airport, one of the highest in the world (at 2800 meters AMSL) is located in the northern part of the city, in the Chaupicruz parish.

Due to its location (in the middle of a city surrounded by mountains), the airport could not be expanded to accommodate any larger aircraft or an increase in air traffic. A new airport was built in the Tababela parish, about 18 km to the east of the city.


(Köppen climate classification Cwb)



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Airport Layout

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Accidents & Serious Incidents at or in vicinity of SEQU

  • A346, Quito Ecuador, 2007 (On 31 August 2007 an Airbus A340-600 made a hard landing with drift /side slip present after a making a circling approach in good visibility with a relatively high cloudbase and was disabled on the runway after sustaining significant damage to the landing gear. It was found that the visual circling segment had been flown too close to the runway and the subsequent final approach had been unstabilised with touchdown being made at an excessive rate of descent. The destination risk assessment carried out by the airline involved was found to inadequate as was pilot training for the approach flown.)