New Quito airport gets first cargo flight

Airport is at a lower altitude than Mariscal Sucre International Airport and has a 4.1 km-long runway

4.1-km runway Air France-KLM-Martinair cargo flight Ecuador Mariscal Sucre International Airport Quiport Quito

Five months before the official opening, Quito’s new airport received its first cargo flight: An Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo flight. The airport is 2400 m above sea level and 610 m lower than the present Mariscal Sucre International Airport. Additionally, its 4.1-km long runway will enable freighters to carry heavier payloads from the Ecuadorian capital. At hand to welcome the flight was Augusto Barrera, mayor of Quito and Philippe Baril, the president and chief executive of Quiport, the airport operator.