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Another New Airport for Ecuador

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A new airport for Guayaquil, Ecuador has entered into the planning stages with the hiring of international consultants, LeighFisher. The U.S.-based consultant is expected to update the airport’s 2005 development plan, which outlined proposals for a new three-runway gateway on a 2,020-hectare site on the outskirts of the city.

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US Consultant Working on Master Plan for New Guayaquil Airport

A new airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador, appears a step closer to reality following the hiring of international consultants, LeighFisher, to draw up a master plan for its potential development.

The US-based consultant is expected to update the airport’s 2005 development plan, which outlined proposals for a new three-runway gateway on a 2,020-hectare site on the outskirts of the city.

Options for expanding the current facilities at the existing José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, to raise its capacity from 4.5mppa to up to 7.5mppa, are also part of LeighFisher’s remit.

Operator, Corporacion America SA (CASA), has already invested $100 million on upgrading the Airport Authority of Guayaquil (AAG) owner gateway over the last eight years.

New additions at the airport include a state-of-the-art 50,000sqm passenger terminal, an 8,500sqm cargo complex, 36 metre high ATC tower, new parallel taxiway and 16 multiple aircraft ramp system (MARS) stands.

In a bid to increase safety levels and decrease the airport’s noise footprint and airline fuel consumption, AAG is currently investigating the possibility of implementing required navigation (RNAV) RNP approaches to the gateway.

The original study for the new Guayaquil airport were carried out by the MITRE Corporation in 2005 and were based on an estimated maximum capacity of 2,156 daily aircraft movements and a 4.1km long main runway that would allow for non-stop flights to Asia.

It is hoped that the improved operational capabilities will help establish the new airport as a cargo hub for shipments travelling between Latin America and Asia, Europe and North America.

An aeronautical study also confirmed that the proposed site would provide much improved meteorological conditions with visual and marginal meteorological conditions 97.7% of the time, and Category I conditions only 0.25% of the time.

LeighFisher, a wholly-owned subdisiary of the Jacobs Engineering Group, has until 2013 to complete the new master plan.

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