Ecuador - 2.2.7 Francisco de Orellana National Airport (Coca)

Airport Overview

The Francisco de Orellana Airport is located in the capital of the province of Orellana, also known by the name of Coca, due to its proximity to the Coca River. With the General Directorate of Civil Aviation of Ecuador as its operator, it is considered a Type B airport, because it carries out both cargo and passenger flights; In addition, it has a completely paved track 2,060 meters long × 27 meters wide.

The airport is located at an elevation of 834 feet (254 m) above mean sea level. It has a runway designated 15/33 with a flexible pavement surface measuring 6,760 by 90 feet (2,060 × 27 m); and a capacity to receive aircraft weighing more than 100,000 pounds.

Some of the airport's main services are: medical service and expedited security clearance. In the event of any emergency, the fire and ambulance station has a prompt response.


Brief History

The airport was built between 1958 and 1959 by the Vicariate of Aguarico, an ecclesiastical community that has contributed to the development of the region.

With an initial length of 600 meters, and only grass, which only allowed it to operate in summer; It was used to evacuate patients with tropical diseases typical of the area, given that there were no roads that connected this area with the rest of the country. With oil exploitation, the Texaco Company extended the length to a thousand meters, and added a mixture of ballast and crude oil, which gave it a characteristic similar to pavement.


Airport Location and Contact



Province or District


Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Airport


Coca (5 km)

Airport’s Complete Name

Aeródromo Nacional “Francisco de Orellana”






Elevation (ft and m)


834 feet / 254 m





Managing Company or Airport Authority

General Directorate of Civil Aviation

“Francisco de Orellana” National Aerodrome *

Management Contact Person

+593 6 2883518

NGO and/or UN Presence at Airport?


(*) The General Directorate of Civil Aviation has been in charge of administration since 1988, and permanently continues with expansion and improvements to the runway and apron, and air terminal.

Passenger movements at Francisco de Orellana Airport 2022: 48,862 pax. (The airport has an installed capacity of up to 100,000 pax / year)




Runway #1

Runway Dimensions

2300m x 30m

Runway Orientation


Runway Surface

Pavement Asphalt :PCN 39/F/C/Y/T

Runway Condition


  • 180° turns prohibited on RWY 16/34
  • Receives aircraft weighing more than 100,000 pounds/45 tons

Airport Infrastructure Details

With the remodelling carried out in 2018, the new terminal has 4,780 square meters of space and the apron with a capacity for up to 7 aircraft. Additionally, the airport has a landing strip 2,300 meters long by 30 meters wide, a boarding hall for more than 400 passengers, a new control tower 19.7 meters high, counter rooms and service hangars.



Passenger / Cargo Security Screening


Runway Lighting

Yes 2

Refuelling Capacity


Ground Handling Services


Air Traffic Control


Fire Fighting Equipment

Yes CAT 6

Weather Information

Yes 4

Aircraft Parking Space

Yes 1

Navigation Aids

Yes 3

Perimeter Fencing







(1) Ramp with positions for up to 7 aircraft

(2) Approach and Runway Lights: PAPI Left 3° (253 M / 830 FT)

(3) Type of MAG VAR aid, type of OPS supported (for VOR/ILS/MLS, declination indicated): VOR/DME (5°W/2022) COV ID, NDB COC ID, LOC (5°W/2022 ) ILS CAT I (5°W or 355°) ID ICC, GP 16 DME

(4) COCA associated MET office, Ph. 593 2 2947400 ext. 3515


New facilities

• New Passenger Terminal

• New Control Tower

• New Fire Service Hangar

• Aircraft apron expansion

• Re-distribution of the internal hydrosanitary network

• Storm sewage system

• Exterior works and parking lots


Yes, Helicopter Landing Area with two positions:

 A) 002741.68S 0765913.02W

 B) 002742.03S 0765913.72W


Fuel Services Charges

Coca Airport fuel types: JET A-1  NOT operational

Royalties / Non Objection Fees (NOFs)



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