Pilots Welcome New Ecuadorian Airport

 - February 11, 2013, 10:40 AM

Pilots who regularly fly into Quito, Ecuador, are ready to begin using the new international airport at Tababela Parish that opens for business on February 20, replacing the 1960s-era Mariscal Sucre (SEQU) facility. The old airport–at an elevation of 9,200 feet msl–was surrounded by mountains and tall buildings, which made for a chilling arrival experience, as this video posted on YouTube shows. The new airport, which is about 10 times larger than the facility it replaces, will retain the ICAO locator of the old facility when it opens.