25 Sep 2017


Quito, September 25, 2017. Corporación Quiport’s route development team, led by Business Development Director Carlos Criado, participated at World Routes 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. During the event, the team met with 16 airlines to seek greater connectivity for the Quito International Airport.

Business cases were submitted at the meetings to important airline companies including UK-based British Airways and Germany-based Condor Airlines. Andrew O’Brian, President and Director General of Corporación Quiport, noted that “participating in Routes is highly positive because we can meet face-to-face with key players in the industry and expound the potential of certain non-stop routes to Quito.”

As on past occasions, Quiport’s team was accompanied by Quito Turismo’s General Manager Verónica Sevilla, who was given an opportunity to promote the city’s tourist attractions. Joint work with authorities is key to success in negotiations.

The results of the meetings will materialize in the medium term, explained Andrew O’Brian. “In order for an airline to open a new route, up to two years may elapse from initial discussions. Airlines thoroughly study each proposal they receive because opening a new route involves substantial risk; it is therefore vital to do work in advance and submit a complete study including costs and anticipated load factors.”

Routes is the major event that brings airlines and airports together to develop greater connectivity. This year’s edition brought together 3000 delegates, 300 airlines and 700 airports from 110 countries around the world.

The Routes Americas 2018 chapter will take place in Quito, Ecuador in February 2018 and will be hosted by the city of Quito and the Quito International Airport. It will bring industry players in the Americas together.

Regarding the election of Quito as host city for Routes Americas 2018, Andrew O’Brian said that organizing the event in the Ecuadorian capital represents a great opportunity but also involves great responsibility. “Organizing Routes Americas in Quito will allow airline representatives to get first-hand knowledge of Quito’s potential as a destination and its attractions for both the tourism and the meetings and conventions segments,” he said, but added that “Quito Turismo and Quiport, as hosts, will be responsible for organizing this conference under the same standards as used for Routes events worldwide. Quito and its airport are leaders in South America and will be up to the standard set for the event.”

11 Sep 2017


Quito, September 11, 2017 – Andrew O’Brian, President and CEO of CORPORACIÓN QUIPORT, was awarded the 2017 South America’s Leading Personality Award by the World Travel Awards (WTA) due to his great performance and successful administration of the Quito International Airport.

During his tenure, the capital city’s airport has obtained four consecutive awards as South America’s Leading Airport from the WTA, became the third airport that has obtained more awards in South America, and received more than a dozen prizes from the industry and the users due to the quality of the services offered.

The award was delivered on September 9 and is a special recognition granted by the WTA committee based on a survey among the major tourism stakeholders in Latin America who praised his leadership, experience and vision which contribute to the growth of tourism in the region.

Mr. O´Brian thanked the members of WTA and highlighted the pride in putting every effort and ability upon leading such a significant project for the city, the country and the region such as the Mariscal Sucre International Airport.

“This award is a commitment to continue working even harder together with my team at Corporación Quiport and with the eight thousand employees and 120 companies that operate at the Quito airport in all the technical and service areas”, O’Brian emphasized, and said that the airport’s success is due to the passion and efforts of all the workers and to a well-planned management model where investments are made in terms of the city’s dynamics and the users’ needs.

Mr. O´Brian is an internationally experienced airport leader. Currently he is the President and CEO of Corporación Quiport S.A., a consortium in charge of the construction, administration, operation and maintenance of the Quito International Airport. Before his appointment as Director General, he was Vice President and Operations Director since April 2012.

Previously he was Executive Director of Aerodom in the Dominican Republic where he successfully achieved the modernization of the country’s six international airports, and was Operations Director in Vancouver Airport Services. O’Brian has worked in several aviation and airport projects throughout the Americas, including the reactivation of COPA airlines operations in Costa Rica.

Andrew is presently the First Vice President of the Airports Council International (ACI) Latin America / Caribbean – Regional Board. He also sits on the ACI World Governing Board and the International Association of Airport Professionals (IAAE / AAAE).

He holds an MBA with a specialization in Aviation from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal, a Diploma in International Management from Vancouver’s Capilano University and a BA in Political Science from British Columbia’s University of Victoria in Canada.

10 Sep 2017


Quito, September 11, 2017 – For the fourth consecutive time the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (MSIA) of Quito was awarded the South America´s Leading Airport prize. During a ceremony held on September 9 at the Mexican Maya Riviera Hard Rock Hotel, the cargo and passenger terminal of the Ecuadorian capital ratified its leadership in the region, having been ranked above the airports of Bogota, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Lima, Rio de Janeiro and Santiago de Chile, also nominated in that category.

Therefore, the Quito airport positions itself among the three more award-winning airports in the history of the World Travel Awards in South America, after the Rio de Janeiro airport (8 times winner) and the Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima (five times winner). According to Andrew O’Brian, President and Director General of Corporación Quiport, concessionaire of the airport, this recognition confirms the importance of planning and managing an airport in terms of the city’s dynamic aspects and developing cooperative work focused on service to cover the demands and expectations of everybody using the MSIA and of its neighboring communities. “Our success lies in the dedication, devotion and ability of all our workers”, he added.

He also explained that the excellent results achieved by the Quito airport are due to Corporación Quiport’s approach on constantly investing in projects that make it possible to steadfastly upgrade the service. “This year we invested more than 23 million dollars in projects to improve the infrastructure and the quality of our services, and we maintain an investment plan for the medium and long term so that Quito will always have an airport that can be a true point of reference for the region”, he said.

The World Travel Awards are considered the Oscars of tourism. They are the highest quality accolades for service providers in the industry. The awards were established in 1993 to recognize and to celebrate the excellence of all the participants in this activity. The winners of the various categories are selected through open votes worldwide, where the vote of those related to tourism has twice the value.

In addition, in order to be nominated the airports are examined in terms of their contribution to local and international tourism development. In the four years of its operation, the MSIA has added nine new routes, five new airlines, seventeen additional flights and frequencies to existing routes, more than 22 million passengers have been transported, and at this time fourteen airlines connect Quito with more than 27 domestic and international destinations.

The total expenses made by tourists who arrived through the MSIA in 2016 reached US$ 817 nationwide. That figure confirms the airport’s importance to foster the tourist potential of Ecuador, Quito and the communities close to the airport that have been benefitted with new services and more jobs.

The MSIA and its concessionaire – Quiport – wish to congratulate the other Ecuadorian winners of the World Travel Awards. We are convinced that tourism is strengthened with quality transport services, and that is why we belong to a tourist ecosystem that invigorates one of the fastest growing destinations in the region.

07 Sep 2017


Quito, September 7, 2017: Corporación Quiport informs that American Airlines and JetBlue, which operate non-stop flights from Quito to Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports, are cancelling their flights as of Thursday, September 7, to Sunday, September 10, due to hurricane Irma hitting the Caribbean and its imminent landfall in Florida, United States.

We recommend passengers and users of the Quito Airport who have planned to travel to those destinations during those dates – whether through non-stop or connecting flights – to take the necessary precautions and to contact the airlines about any alternatives. In view of the nature of this weather occurrence, the situation could change and therefore we urge you to contact your airline for information.

You may visit http://aeropuertoquito.aero/es/vuelos-y-aerolineas/aerolines/internacionales-de-pasajeros.html for airlines information.

Airline Flight Date Operation Time Origin/Destination
American Airlines AA946 07/sept Departure 23:30 Miami
American Airlines AA932 08/sept Departure 06:45 Miami
American Airlines AA939 08/sept Arrival 21:22 Miami
American Airlines AA946 08/sept Departure 23:30 Miami
JetBlue B62851 08/sept Arrival 22:23 Fort Lauderdale
JetBlue B62850 08/sept Departure 23:39 Fort Lauderdale
American Airlines AA932 09/sept Departure 06:45 Miami
American Airlines AA947 09/sept Arrival 18:44 Miami
American Airlines AA939 09/sept Arrival 21:22 Miami
JetBlue B62851 09/sept Arrival 22:23 Fort Lauderdale
JetBlue B62850 09/sept Salida 23:39 Fort Lauderdale
American Airlines AA932 10/sept Departure 06:45 Miami
American Airlines AA947 10/sept Arrival 18:44 Miami
American Airlines AA939 10/sept Arrival 21:22 Miami
American Airlines AA946 10/sept Departure 23:30 Miami
JetBlue B62851 10/sept Arrival 22:23 Fort Lauderdale
JetBlue B62850 10/sept Depature 23:39 Fort Lauderdale