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New airport to make flights into Quito less scary

New airport to make flights into Quito less scary
11 Feb 2013

Ecuador's main airport has been relocated in order to reduce the chance of accidents.

The Mariscal Sucre international airport in the capital Quito is renowned for its hair-raising landings and take-offs, which see pilots negotiating buildings and tower blocks while dealing with the performance-reducing effects of high altitude.

However, it is hoped that by moving flights to nearby Tababela, not only will safety be improved but more flights will be able to land there.

Freddy Equez Rivera, general manager of municipal aviation services, told the Guardian that a combination of 1km of extra runway and 400m lower altitude 'will make aeronautic operations easier and enable Quito to serve long-range flights'.

According to former jumbo jet pilot Guy Hirst, other airports that challenge pilots' skills are Mexico City, Hong Kong, Salzburg, Gibraltar and JFK in New York, due to a combination of strong winds, busy airspace and limited approach angles.

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