Corporación Quiport, the operator of Quito International Airport (IATA: UIO) has launched an expansion project that will run for just over a year.
It has invested US$60m in expanding the passenger terminal and apron. The terminal building will gain an extra 172,222sq ft (16,000m²) of space while the apron
will expand by approximately 258,333sq ft (24,000m²) to provide two extra aircraft parking stands.
The work, which began on November 21, is part of the airport’s master development plan which has been approved by the Municipality of Quito with the support of the Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Transport and Public Works.
Andrew O’Brian, president and CEO of Corporación Quiport commented: “All the actions executed by Quiport are focused on the economic, social and tourism development of Quito and the country”. He added that the 13-month construction process will create around 2,700 direct, indirect and induced jobs.
He explained that Quiport aims to provide a unique experience to its passengers and a sense of belonging for Ecuadorians. The passenger area’s design, materials and colours aim to create a greater sense of belonging with the city. The areas dedicated to check-in, immigration, security screening, baggage claim and customs will all be expanded to offer greater comfort and efficiency.
The new departures area will have several new services including free Wi-Fi, power outlets, retail stores, restaurants and a more practical play area for children.
“All of this will help to achieve the Wow! factor we want for our passengers and users”, said Mr O’Brian.