Quito's new airport to open on 20 February

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After six years of construction, the new international airport serving Ecuador's capital city, Quito, will start operating on 20 February.

In part the move is aimed at overcoming the operating restrictions imposed by the numerous natural and urban obstacles at the current Mariscal Sucre site.

The new airport boasts a runway 4,100m (13,400ft) long and is located at an altitude of 2,400m.

According to airport operator Quiport, Mariscal Sucre will receive its final flight at 19:00 local on 19 February, while the new airport will start accepting flights from 09:00 the following day, after reconfiguring the ATC system overnight.