Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport
The Josè Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport was previously known as the Simon Bolivar International Airport, but in 2006 a brand new terminal was erected and renamed in memory of a famous Ecuadorian poet named Josè Joaquin de Olmedo. Being the newest terminal and airport in Ecuador, the Josè Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport hopes to expand its terminal and runway in the future. At the present time, the terminal at the Josè Joaquin de Olmedo Airport is 50 000 square meters and accommodates both international and domestic flights and passengers. It is hoped that in due time, the passenger traffic will increase to approximately 5 million passengers annually, and that more airlines will start operating from the new airport. The Josè Joaquin de Olmedo Airport is located just outside the city of Guayaquil and plans to service this area for the coming 15 years. Although the new airport will use the same runway as the old airport, the new terminal was constructed almost 1 kilometer away from the old terminal.
This airport in Ecuador has one runway that is used for take offs and landings and is 2 790 meters in length. The runway is capable of handling aircraft such as the DC10 and the Boeing 747, but the expansion of the runway will make the Josè Joaquin de Olmedo Airport capable of facilitating a wider range of aircraft and to accommodate the bigger models that are becoming popular for international travel. Airlines such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, American Airlines, Santa Barbara Airlines, Delta Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Avianca Airlines, LAN Airlines, TACA Arilines, Continental Airlines and Air Madrid, to name a few, are currently operating flights to and from the Josè Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport.
Transport to the Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport and transport from the airport is serviced by public transportation services such as buses and taxis. Rental car companies are located at the airport and information desks are there to assist passengers on any queries they might have. The airport building houses facilities such as forgein exchange services, ATM’s, restuarants and postal services.