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Quito, in Ecuador, is one of South America’s most dynamic cities.

The population is growing continuously and scores of new developments are shooting up which means that the density of traffic is on the rise.

Quito Airport was no longer able to keep pace with these developments. Its location in the centre of the city and its sloping runway presented a substantial safety risk, as well as obstructing all plans for expansion.

The topology also presented problems, the airport is situated 2,800 m above sea level, making it one of the highest in the world.

So the decision was made to build a new airport, “Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de Quito.”

Paving the way on new international airport in

Construction of the New Quito International Airport is currently the largest building project in Ecuador. The airport operator has invested US$600 million in the modern infrastructure, and the requirements on evenness of the runway and taxiways were every bit as high as the sum involved.

The strict requirements were fulfilled with two SUPER 1800-2 pavers combined with AB 500-2 Extending Screeds, and the aid of the VÖGELE Laser Receivers used for grade and slope control.

Construction of “Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de Quito” kicked off

The site for the new airport is 25 km to the east of the capital at an altitude roughly 400 m below that of the old airport - still some 2,000 m above sea level.

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Construction commenced in 2006 after more than 30 years of planning. After completion, the airport will be able to handle 5,000,000 passengers a year.

The runway will be longer than that of the existing airport, at 4,100 m, making it the longest in Ecuador.

The cost-efficiency of aircraft also stands to benefit: the longer runway will reduce the consumption of aviation fuel at take-off, as less thrust will be required.

What’s more, the efficiency of long-distance flights, in particular, will be increased as these have only been able to land at the old Quito airport with just 60% of their maximum take-off weight.



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Videos courtesy of Aecon AG constructores S.A. Ecuador 2009



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