The new terminal has 300-meter guardbands on each side and 800 m on the north and south ends of the runway, which are wider than those found at the current airport.
The new infrastructure also represents a great leap in comparison to the old airport, as the landing strip is 4,100 meters long, 980 meters longer than the old airport’s landing strip, ensuring greater security for flights and direct, nonstop, connections between Quito and cities in Europe.
“In addition, the new airport is located 400 meters below the current terminal, which enables aircrafts to take off from the new airport with the highest passenger and cargo capacity posible, in nonstop flights”, states Freddy Egüez, general manager of the Metropolitan Public Airport Services (EPMSA).
At the former Quito airport aircrafts had to stop at Guayaquil and other cities in the continent to be able to reach farther destinations. For example, flights would be Quito-Guayaquil-Amsterdam or Quito-Guayaquil-Madrid.