New Quito International Airport   Leave a comment

UPDATE [July 23, 2009]

New Quito International airport scheduled to open August 10, 2010. The airport is located 2400 m.a.s.l. (meters above sea level)

The New Quito International Airport (NQIA), the most modern of its kind in South America, is being constructed with the support and guarantee of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), the Government of Canada’s international contracting agency.

In 2005, CCC signed a $413 million contract to act as prime contractor for the construction of the New Quito International Airport in Ecuador. The Government of Canada, through CCC, guarantees that the airport will be completed on time, on budget and according to the quality standards stated in the contracts between CCC and CORPAQ, the local government entity, and between CCC and Aecon, the Canadian construction firm. The Canadian Commercial Corporation has been a key player in a number of projects in Ecuador in the past, and as an entity of the Government of Canada, CCC is well positioned to continue building on the solid relationship between Ecuador and Canada.

Contributing to Ecuador’s Prosperity
To date, the project is progressing according to the construction schedule, with various milestones achieved throughout the course of the project. During a recent meeting between Canadian investors in Ecuador and Ecuadorian President, Rafael Correa, the President highlighted the need for concession models for infrastructure projects that, in many cases, include financing, construction, operation and transfer, such is the case of the new airport project.

Ensuring Responsible Development
CCC adheres to the Government of Canada’s standards for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which include environmental, social, and ethical business practices. At CCC, the importance of CSR and the obligation to conduct our business in a socially responsible manner is recognized and demonstrated through the New Quito International Airport Project. CCC’s approach to CSR means that there is local staff engagement, knowledge transfer and that environmental laws are respected.

The NQIA will act as a centre for regional trade, while further solidifying the Canadian government’s relationship with Ecuador. The success of this project will facilitate collaboration on future projects in the region, and the Government of Canada is proud of its participation in this project, through the CCC, together with Canadian contractors’ participation. The airport is expected to be operational by October 2010.

The airport is being constructed under a 51-month Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract between the city of Quito and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) – part of the Canadian Government – that has subcontracted the $415m construction contract to the 50/50 joint venture between Aecon and Andrade Gutierrez Constructores.

FACILITIES

The new airport is being built on a 1,500 ha site (ten times larger than the existing airport) about 18km from the centre of town.

The terminal building will have a floor space of 38,900m² on four levels; there will be six jetways and 12 remote gates. The air traffic control tower will be 41m tall, with the building occupying a site of 901m².

The initial cargo capacity will be 250,000t a year (eventually increasing to 440,000t). The cargo and support area will have 10,000m² of storage space and 2,200m² for offices, refrigerated storage and access (bonded) areas and also a 5,000m² hangar for maintenance activity. The airport will also incorporate a 60ha free-trade business zone to encourage commerce (increasing to 220ha by 2030).

LOCATION

The positioning of the new airport on the Caraburo Plateau will increase the taxi journey to about 50 minutes to the centre of the city but will have the advantage of only being at an elevation of 2,400m above sea level instead of 2,808m at the current airport so that passengers won’t find altitude sickness such a problem.

“The terminal building will have a floor space of 38,900m² on four levels; there will be six jetways and 12 remote gates.”

The new airport will have a single 3,600m runway. Initially the airport on opening in 2010 will be able to accommodate 4.5 million passengers a year (76,715 operations a year) but this will increase by phased development to 5.5 million by 2020 and 7.5 million by 2030.

Quito City has made a good start at supporting the new airport with the construction of a new 4.2km road and a water pipeline to the area where the new terminal building will be situated (this infrastructure project has required the purchase of land from 24 farms).

Currently the airport construction is in the phase of building dormitories and facilities for the construction workers and earth works relating to preparing the site for the new runway and terminal building. By March 2007 the first million tonnes of stone was compacted in the fill area.

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