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By Steven Thompson, Airport World

Quito’s new $700 million Mariscal Sucre International Airport, in Ecuador, has officially opened.

The facilities have a capacity to handle 5.5 million passengers and 250,000 tonnes of cargo per year.

Airport operator, Corporación Quiport, has made an investment of $687 million, and holds the concession until 2041.

The country’s President, Rafael Correa; Quito’s Mayor, Augusto Barrera; and president of Quiport, Philippe Baril; along with government officials, ambassadors, and the people of Quito participated of the ceremony.

The new airport is located over the Tababela plateau, 11 miles from Quito and it will provide 3,700 acres for future developments.

The 13,450ft runway (4,100m) is located 1,310ft lower than the current location, bringing more efficiency to aircraft, allowing take-offs with full passenger, cargo and fuel, also allowing direct long-haul services.

The new passenger terminal is a 410,000 sq ft facility, while 452,000 sq ft of space has been allocated for cargo.

Philippe Baril, president of Quiport, said: “The new airport will be a unique gateway to Quito, offering an exceptional experience to airport users, as well as consolidating Quito as the major export air gateway of Ecuador.

“It is almost impossible to overstate the positive impact the new airport will have on customer service and subsequently passenger satisfaction levels.

Javier Martinez, director general of Airports Council International for Latin America and the Caribbean, added: “For the airport community of the region, the opening of the new Mariscal Sucre International Airport represents a solid example of the achievement of the collaborative work between governments and private airport operators for the benefit of the air transport industry.

“The new and modern facilities, not only will improve passengers and cargo facilitation at the new terminal, but also it will bring the operations to enhanced levels of service and safety.”

Leading Airlines, airports and suppliers enroll in CAPA AeroPark Executive Education Program


CAPA AeroPark today held a ceremony at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai to mark the launch of its aviation executive education programme. More than 80 industry professionals, visiting international faculty and diplomats, together with senior executives from CAPA and its joint venture partner SCDC, participated in the function which took place in the exclusive Taj Chambers overlooking the Gateway of India.

Peter Harbison, Executive Chairman, CAPA launched the proceedings by explaining that “CAPA AeroPark was launched with a mission of bringing world class aviation education and training to fast growth emerging markets.” India is the location for the first series of courses, which will subsequently be rolled out to other regions including North and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Almost 70 senior industry professionals are enrolled across the four courses, each of which will run for the next three days, with participants drawn from a wide range of organisations including Air India, Airports Authority of India, Bird Group, Delhi International Airport, Essel InfraProjects, GMR Airports, Hyderabad International Airport, Jet Airways and SpiceJet.


Back row from left to right: Alan Gilchrist, Senior ATC specialist, Airways New Zealand; Professor Pablo Mendes de Leon, Director, International Institute of Air & Space Law; Jorge Roberts, Director Project Development, ADC & HAS Airports Worldwide; Peter Harbison, Executive Chairman, CAPA; Kees Rietsema, Dean, Worldwide College of Business, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Kapil Kaul, CEO South Asia, CAPA; Daryl Watkins, Department Chair, Worldwide Department of Business & Leadership, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University;
Front row from left to right: Richard Berrones, MD Business Development, HAS Development Corporation; Arjun Balasubramanyam, Director, SCDC; Bob White, VP Airport Services, HAS Development Corporation; Professor Graham Hunt, Head of Asia, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; K.N. Balasubramanyam, Director, SCDC; Howard Anderson, Senior ATC Specialist, Airways New Zealand; Gavin Young, Consul-General and Trade Commissioner for New Zealand; Nagesh Balasubramanyam, Director, SCDC; Binit Somaia, Director South Asia, CAPA.


The 3-day international executive programs taking place in Mumbai on 1-3 November 2012 include:

Leadership Development for Aviation Executives: in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA, the leading aviation and aerospace university in the world. Aviation industry leaders must be equipped to negotiate an increasingly complex and competitive landscape. They must be problem solvers, capable of seeing things from new perspectives and armed with excellent decision-making skills. This highly interactive workshop is designed to provide senior executives with a practical tool kit of ideas, models and frameworks which can be immediately used to lead their organisations.

Airport Management, Development & Finance: in conjunction with HAS Development Corporation, an affiliate of the Houston Airport System, one of the largest airport systems in the world. With billions of dollars being invested in the airport sector the application of best practices in airport financing, development and management can have a significant positive impact on the overall efficiency of the aviation value chain and the returns generated for investors and owners. In this intensive course participants will learn about global benchmarks across core airport disciplines and will be taught the management techniques to implement these practices to create and maximise value.

International Aviation Law & Policy: in conjunction with the International Aviation Law Institute, De Paul College of Law, Chicago, USA and the International Institute of Air & Space Law, University of Leiden, Netherlands. This course, delivered by some of the most respected global experts in their field, will provide executives with exposure to critical topics in international aviation law and policy including bilateral air services agreements; regional liberalisation initiatives; international alliances and cross-border mergers; liability for passengers, baggage and cargo; aircraft financing, leasing and investment vehicles; and aviation environmental law.

Communications, Navigation & Surveillance for ATM Professionals: in conjunction with Airways International, a division of the air navigation services provider of New Zealand, and a recognised global specialist in air traffic control training. Air traffic management is evolving rapidly with the advent of new technologies and the implementation of innovative procedures to increase efficiency and to be able to handle the growth in traffic. This course will cover future trends in communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management including the latest developments in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and automatic dependent surveillance (ADS).

Following the introductory presentations, the traditional lamp lighting ceremony was held to mark the occasion.


Mr. K.N. Balasubramanyan, Chairman, SCDC, commences the lamp lighting ceremony

CAPA AeroPark Executive Education will shortly publish an extensive calendar of day, residential and online courses to be held in 2013/14.


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