Guayaquil Airport to Expand Domestic Pre-boarding Area
Continued delays in flights departing for Quito are creating problems in the national pre-boarding area of the José Joaquín de Olmedo Airport in Guayaquil.
This problem is now being addressed, says Nicolas Romero, manager of the foundation Guayaquil Airport Authority (AAG), who announced that the airport will expand the domestic pre-boarding area.
“Passengers used to have only two or three flights to wait for, so that the pre-boarding area was small. But now that Quito has a larger airport and more domestic flights, the decision was made to expand the pre-boarding section of the airport.”
Although neither the renovation start date nor the associated costs are completely resolved, Romero explained that the construction company Sangster will design the expansion, and after completion of this phase, the work will begin immediately.
“We expect to expand the pre-boarding space from 1,200 to 1,700 square meters. This section will be on the south side of the airport. We will also increase the size of the area which links the departure lounge with aircraft.”
The changes will expand the capacity of the terminal by 30%.
The domestic departure area of José Joaquín de Olmedo receives an average of 2,900 passengers daily.
Last week, dozens of passengers were forced into long and uncomfortable waits in the national pre-boarding because two of the flights heading to the capital were delayed due bad weather.
“There are not only problems in Quito because of the road construction from the airport to the city, now there are also problems in Guayaquil. It just very unfortunate,” said Espinoza Aracelly, another affected passenger.
In Quito, there is good reason for passenger complaints about airport closures due to weather conditions: the airport has been closed an average of 38.55 hours, or 1.19% of its operating time.
According to the publication Expreso, the Mariscal Sucre airport has purchased equipment that will help reduce this problem; however, the problems still persist.