19 Feb 2019


  • On the eve of the anniversary of operations at Quito International Airport, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation renews Quiport’s Aerodrome Certification, which is valid for 5 years.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) is the aviation authority than plans, manages and controls air operations in Ecuadorian air space. This entity has issued the renewed Aerodrome Certification of Mariscal Sucre International Airport to Corporación Quiport, the concessionaire of Quito’s airport service.

The certification guarantees that the airport and Corporación Quiport, as the entity in charge of its management and operation, meet the specifications issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and DGAC relating to facilities and operating procedures.

The Aerodrome Certification is valid for five years and approves the Aerodrome Manual, a document that contains the technical specifications for operating procedures; construction and maintenance; infrastructure; Safety Management Systems; Rescue and Fire Fighting Service; Emergency Plan and the Wildlife Management and Control Plan of Quito Airport.

Compliance with the Aerodrome Manual, endorsed by the aviation authority through its Aerodrome Certification, guarantees the safety, regularity and efficiency of airport operations and aims to raise the standards of safety and competitiveness at Quito Airport.

Upon delivering the Aerodrome Certification, Patricio Zavala, director of DGAC, said: “the renewal of the Aerodrome Certification translates into a commitment to greater aviation technology and air safety in Ecuador. The aim of our work is for all airports to improve their safety standards and to achieve worldwide recognition of the country.”

Andrew O’Brian, President and CEO of Quiport said: “we must emphasize that thanks to the coordinated work between the aviation authority and Quiport, we have not had any type of incident at Quito Airport. Our airport is safe and well-run thanks to the efforts of the more than 8,300 people who work here; including the staff at Customs, Immigration, DGAG, airlines and many more.”

The committed work by the staff at Quiport’s Operations and Maintenance Department, especially its Aviation Safety and Certification Management, and by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation ensures that operations at Quito Airport not only meet the country’s legal requirements and the parameters of the Civil Aviation Organization, but exceed them.