Update (Feb 2013): The new Quito airport is now open. The old airport in this post has been closed.
Last week was our first trip through the Quito airport (Mariscal Sucre Quito Airport UIO) for a national flights. It was surprisingly small and under-serviced. The Cuenca airport, although handling less flights, had more stores and restaurants. Quito had a grand total of one. Now, not to sound like a shopping addict / complainer, but because of scheduling, we landed at the airport 3 and a half hours before our flight. We were hoping to browse a little, maybe kill some time. But nope – there’s nothing to do there – no newspaper/magazine stand or anything. Well, they did have a good wireless connection and a place to buy a cold beer – guess not much reason to complain after all!
The airport is run by Quiport. You can check arrivals/departures on their site. They also have a section talking about the new airport being constructed 25km from the city center. Because its going to be at a lower altitude and have a longer runway, international flights will be able to travel at 90% capacity (compared to 60% currently) – allowing flights to travel without as many stopovers – saving time and money.
Quito’s lonely restaurant in the National Departures lounge.