Ecuadorean capital Quito’s Mariscal Sucre airport, known for its challenging conditions due to the high altitude, short runway and nearby mountains, is set to close on February 19. All operations at the airport will shift to another airport, carrying the same name, located 20 km northeast of the city. The new airport at Tababela not only has a 1-km longer runway and 12 times greater area, but is also located far from populated areas unlike the older one.
Mariscal Sucre airport has witnessed 10 serious accidents since it opened in 1960 and is regarded by pilots as one the most dangerous airports in the world.
Read more at this USA Today story:
Closing: Quito airport, notorious for nerve-wracking landings