Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport
The international airport of Quito, Ecuador's capital, has been enclosed by the city's northern suburbs. Therefore a new airport is being built, 18 kilometers east of Quito.
The airport is called after the South American independence fighter Antonio José de Sucre y de Alcalá, a leader in the fight against the Spanish.
There are two terminals, one for domestic and one for international flights. The terminals are at walking distance.
IATA airport code: UIO
ICAO airport code: SEQU
There's no train connection with the airport.
Car and bus
Quito Airport is situated in the northern suburbs of the Ecuadorian capital, at about 7 kilometers from the center. The airport is easily accessible by rental car. The Avenida 10 de Agosto runs north of the city center and turns into the Avenida de la Prensa which leads to the airport.
Several busses run from the airport to Quito's center. There's a stop across the street from the terminal's exit. Buses with the destination 'Amazonas' or 'Juan León Mera' go to La Mariscal (where you find many hotels); buses with the sign 'La Marin' go to the old city center.
Car rental Quito Airport
You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Three rental companies have a presence at Quito Airport: Avis, Budget and Localiza. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
You'll find many taxis outside the Arrivals Hall. Some drivers use fixed rates for various destinations in the city, others use a meter. Make sure to agree with the driver how you will be charged. The rule of thumb is that if the taxi has no meter or the driver doesn't want to turn it on, you need to agree on a clear price upfront.
There's a parking lot outside the terminal that can accommodate about 300 cars.
There are no hotels at or around Quito Airport. The nearest hotels are Best Western Casino Plaza (Tel. +593(0)2 244 5305) and the simple Hotel Sandmelis (Tel. +593(0)2 246 1225). Other hotels in Quito include Le Parc Hotel (Tel. +593(0)2 227 6800), Hotel Akros (Tel. +593(0)2 243 0600), Dann Carlton Hotel (Tel. +593(0)2 224 9008) and the Marriot (Tel. +593(0)2 297 2000). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
There are some restaurants, (snack) bars and shops at Quito Airport, but the number isn't overwhelming. Apart from a duty-free shop you'll mainly find souvenir shops.
You cannot store your baggage at Quito Airport. You can inquire about lost objects at the information desk.
In the Departure Hall of both the international and domestic terminals there's an information desk for inquiries about flight schedules and airport services. The Tourist Office counter can be found in the Arrivals Hall of the international terminal.
Apart from a VIP lounge offering basic facilities such as faxing, copying and internet access Quito Airport doesn't offer any business facilities. Meeting space, conference rooms and extensive business centers can be found in for example the Best Western Hotel, Hotel Le Parc and the Marriott Hotel (see Hotels).
Quito Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted toilets and low-hanging telephones.
There are money exchange offices in the international terminal and ATM's in both terminals. The Sucre used to be Ecuador's currency, but they changed to the US$ in 2000. ATM's and exchange offices therefore give US$. The First Aid station can be reached via the information desk or the general telephone number +593(0)2 294 4900.