30 Sep 2016


  • The shop has relocated to an area just after the immigration counters and incorporates a walkthrough concept.
  • The relocation is part of a project to improve the passenger terminal.

Quito, 14 March 2016. As of this Monday morning, the Attenza Duty Free Shop in the international arrivals section of Mariscal Sucre Airport has a new, much more modern and accessible look as well as a new location for the comfort of passengers arriving to the country at the capital’s airport terminal.

The remodelling of the shop, now measuring 250m2, and its relocation to an area just after the immigration counters, includes a walkthrough concept allowing passengers arriving at Quito to enjoy premium brands, excellent prices and a wide selection of products offered by Attenza Duty Free.

“The relocation of the Attenza Shop is part of a project to improve the international arrivals area and seeks to provide a better experience for our passengers, providing more space prior to immigration clearance, a Duty Free shop with a modern concept and improved use of the baggage collection and customs areas”, explains Carlos Criado, Director of Business Development, Corporación Quiport, concessionaire of Quito International Airport.

According to Aurelio Barría, Vice President of Motta Internacional, operator of Attenza, the current and future trend across the globe is the democratization of air transport. “Now travel is not just limited to persons with high purchasing power. Today passengers include students, middle class tourists and even people migrating in search of better opportunities. This obliges airports to diversify their offering of services in regards to brands, quality, price and customer service culture. This is why the step taken at Quito Airport is important”.

For Corporación Quiport, Attenza is one of its most important partners. “It is a Duty Free operator with a lot of prestige in Latin America and broad experience which allows it to identify new opportunities to expand its commercial offering and provide an improved selection of products to the passengers at Mariscal Sucre Airport, with very competitive prices for the region”, states Carlos Criado.

Aurelio Barría notes that Attenza offers special services for the greater comfort of passengers, such as pre-ordering and online shopping. “With pre-ordering, passengers can purchase their products at the international departures shop and collect them from the arrivals shop on their return. Whereas with online shopping, passengers can reserve items online at the attenza.net website and receive their goods before flying”, he explains.

Attenza offers perfumes, cosmetics and skincare, liquors, watches, jewellery, leather goods, sunglasses, bags, chocolates, electronic goods, clothes and toys, as well as providing employment to more than 150 people in the country.

18 Sep 2016


Air operations will be suspended from 00:00 to 03:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 20 September.
The objective is to verify the performance of all entities involved in the emergency response.

On Tuesday, 20 September between 00:00 and 03:00 a.m., a general emergency drill will be held at Mariscal Sucre International Airport in order to verify the performance of all entities involved in the emergency response at the Airport. This is in accordance with the airport emergency plan and the provisions of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

In effect, the emergency plan, DGAC Civil Aviation Technical Regulation RDAC113 and ICAO international standards provide for a general emergency drill to be held every two years involving all airport bodies and external support organizations (ECU911, Quito Fire Department, Red Cross, among others).

Given that it is a general drill it is necessary to temporarily suspend operations at Mariscal Sucre Airport. For this purpose, DGAC issued an official NOTAM (official notice to the aviation industry) reporting the closure from 00:00 to 03:00 a.m. local time on 20 September.

Due to the time of the exercise, the closure will only affect three flights: Avianca 457 arriving from San Salvador, Avianca 8377 from Bogota and LATAM 1448 from Lima. We ask passengers travelling on these flights to keep an eye on information regarding the rescheduling of the flights or to contact their airline for more information.

12 Sep 2016


  • With seven flights/week, LATAM Airlines Ecuador will begin operations from Quito to Buenos Aires, via Lima, and vice-versa.
  • The inaugural flight left the Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) at 08:30 a.m. and will arrive at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) at 18:35, local time.
  • Flights will be operated with Airbus A319 which incorporates state-of-the-art technology and the most modern wireless in-flight entertainment system.

Today LATAM Airlines Ecuador® made its first inaugural flight to Argentina’s capital city. The company began to operate its seven weekly frequencies from the Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport.

“We are a truly Latin American airline and are proud to connect Ecuador with one of the major destinations in the region, Buenos Aires. We are increasing our offer with better schedules to travel to the Argentine capital”, Edgar Andrade, Commercial Manager of LATAN Airlines Ecuador, stated.

To celebrate the beginning of operations, Corporacion Quiport – concessionaire of the Mariscal Sucre Airport – and LATAM Airlines Ecuador offered a special event for the passengers of the flight that left Quito at 08:35 a.m. and is expected to arrive at 18:35 local time. The principal executives of both organizations participated in the event.

Andrew O’Brian, President and Director General of Corporacion Quiport, congratulated LATAM Airlines Ecuador for the inaugural flight and added: “The Quito-Buenos Aires route operated by LATAM demonstrates the airline’s confidence in the city as a destination and in the airport. Doubtless, it contributes to increase the connectivity of the Ecuadorian capital with more cities in Latin America.”

Flights are made in Airbus A-319 which incorporates state-of-the art technology and the most modern wireless in-flight entertainment system – LATAN Entertainment. Upon entering the application, passengers may have access to their favorite series and movies from their mobile devices during all phases of the trip. For more information about the system, click here.

About the operation:

LATAM Airlines Ecuador begins operations to Buenos Aires from the Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport with a flight that takes off at 08:35 and arrives in Buenos Aires at 18:35 (local time). The return flight will leave at 04:05 (local time) and will land in Quito at 11:00.