The José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional José Joaquín de Olmedo in Spanish) is located 5 km to the north of Guayaquil, the largest and the most populous city of Ecuador. It has a runway of 2,790 meters (9154 ft), and an elevation of 5 meters (16 ft). Together with Quito airport, it handles most of Ecuador’s international and domestic flights. During 2019, around 4 million passengers passed through the airport. The airport is capable of handling up to 7.5 million passengers per year.
The airport is on the Avenida de las Américas, 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) north of Guayaquil's centre. The runway length of 2,684 metres (9,150 ft) includes a 240 metres (790 ft) displaced threshold on Runway 21 and a 100 metres (330 ft) displaced threshold on Runway 03. The airport is in the broad delta of the Guayas River, with level terrain in all quadrants. The parking platform is made of concrete about 35 cm thick and 600 metres long and 80 metres wide which has an area of 48,000 m², has a strip of asphalt for access and a vehicular street, all of which was built in compliance with the rules established by the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The Daular International Airport is a proposed development project for the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil. It is intended that the new airport will replace the current Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport upon its completion. The master plan for the Guayaquil International Airport calls for shifting the airport facility to a nearby 2,020 hectare site. The new airport, anticipated to be constructed in 2024 with an estimated investment of $800m, will have three runways and will be capable of handling 16 million passengers per year. Nevertheless the new intercontinental airport in Daular (26 kilometres out of town) will not be inaugurated in 2024, as originally scheduled. The plans were affected by the falling passenger arrival numbers in the existing airport, José Joaquín de Olmedo. The project overview consists of two parallel runways 4,100 and 2,500 metres in length and 36 gates for embarkment.
Airport Location and Contact
Province or District
Nearest Town or City with Distance from Airport
The airport is 7 km from downtown and 1.3 km from the Ground Terminal
Airport’s Complete Name
José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport
Elevation (ft and m)
6m (19.68 ft)
Managing Company or Airport Authority
TAGSA – Terminal Aeroportuaria de Guayaquil S. A
Management Contact Person
Angel Córdova, General Manager
Open From (hours)
Open To (hours)
Existing Guayaquil International Airport site is severely constrained.
Source: www.universalweather.com Map not to scale. Not to be used for navigational purposes.
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
|Organization||Focal Person||Phone Number||Email Address||Website|
|Ecuador Civil Aviation Authority|
Katherine Victora Calderóin Alvarez
Regional Director II
|593 2294 7400||www.aviacioncivil.gob.ec|
|General de Aviación Civil Coastal Area||Marcelo Jácome Acosta, Sub Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org||www.aviacioncivil.gob.ec/|
|Terminal Aeroportuaria de Guayaquil S.A (TAGSA)||Angel Córdova Carrera, General Manageremail@example.com||www.tagsa.aero|
Passenger and Cargo Performance Indicator
Performance for 2020
Total Aircraft Movements
(total: departures + arrivals , Domstc + Intl)
Total Capacity of the Airport (MT)
Current Activity of the Airport (MT)
Current use by Humanitarian Flights (UNHAS)
(*) Source: ACI-LAC 2006-2020
The Guayaquil airport has a single runway designated as Runway 03/21. The runway is 2,684 m long and 45 m wide, and is covered with an asphalt surface. It can accommodate large aircraft such as the Boeing 747s, MD-11s and Airbus A340-600 aircraft. The airport has single taxiway 2,935 m long and 23 m wide. Parking spots are provided for passenger airplanes with seven boarding bridges, while eight are meant for cargo airships and seven for general aviation planes.
9154 × 151 ft (2,684 m × 46 m)
All weather bitumen that meets ICAO standards
A small space of the airport is designated for the use of helicopters of public or private companies. Both the helicopters and the crew are controlled by the Dirección General de Aviación Civil.
Largest Helicopter that can Land
Mi-26 = No limit
Width and Length (m)
Helicopters are positioned at the general holding area
Asphalt, all weather bitumen that meets ICAO standards
Airport Infrastructure Details
In 2019 the Guayaquil Airport received from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation the "Aerodrome Certificate" with which the aeronautical authority certifies that GYE, SEGU meet and comply with all aeronautical regulations related to the airside or maneuvering area specified by ICAO and Dirección General de Aviación Civil Ecuador (DGAC).
JET A-1 fuel
Single Point Refuelling
Air Starter Units
Ground Power (mobile)
Passenger Transport to Airfield
Ground Handling Services
Fire Fighting Category (ICAO)
Base Operating Room
Parking Ramp Lighting
Approach & Runway Lights
Airport Operating Details
The airport allows the operation of maximum capacity aircraft such as ATR turboprop or Antonov AN 225, AN-124 / Ilyushin IL76 Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-300.
Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Bulk Cargo
Antonov AN-225, AN-124, Ilyushin IL-76
Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Pallet
Boeing 747-400, Airbus A340-600, B777-300
Total Aircraft Parking Area (m²)
48,000 m², (600 m x 80 m)
Storage Area (m3 and MT)
Elevators / Hi Loaders
Max Capacity (MT)
Max Height (m)
6 loading ramps.
The airport has eight aircraft parking positions, with a hydrant system for a better and faster fuel supply and a modern rainwater drainage system.
International (customs port of entry)
People arriving to Ecuador should consider that they can enter with clothing for traveler's use, toiletries, medicines for personal use, goods for professional use, among other products with their specifications. When the goods exceed the amount or value of the list of personal effects, they are assigned to the payment of taxes. The total of these goods cannot exceed $ 2,000, if the amount is higher, the merchandise will go to a temporary deposit to follow the corresponding procedure.
Check the list of personal effects by going to: https://www.aduana.gob.ec/viajeros-por-via-aerea-aeropuerto/.
Guayaquil – Storage (US$)
$0.090 + IVA (12%) + CCFEE
$0.010 + IVA (12%) + CCFEE
The airport has 2 warehouses with capacity for 80 pallets, complying with all security standards regulated by Dirección General de Aviación Civil (DGAC).
Additionally, they offer cold rooms for cold chain.
The fees are established and controlled by Dirección General de Aviación Civil (DGAC) and can be paid in its offices.
Aircraft Weight - MTOW (kg)
0 - 7,000
7,001 - 136,000
136,001 and over
Navigation (per journey) USD - $
Landing USD - $
Night Landing USD - $
Night Take-Off USD - $
Fuel Service Charges
Price per Litre USD - $
(*) The above are referential prices and were obtained from Petrocomercial information (GoE fuel supplier). In the private sector, each retailer may vary its prices.
Cargo Terminal Charges
Type of Charge
Rate USD - $ per kg
Break Bulk Fee
Strong Room – per consignment
Cold Storage Fee
Up to 100 kg/ More than 101 kg
Delivery Outside Normal Working Hours
Preparation of substitute AOA – Invoice – Receipt
Storage per Day
Handling Charges – Un-palletized Cargo
International Air Waybill
Local Air Waybill
Air Way Bill Amendment - Cancellation
Air Way Bill Documentation
Storage Charges per Day
24 Hours 0.03
From 0 - 45 minutes
From 46 to 180 minutes
More than 180 minutes
130.57 + 1.45 x (t= time in minutes)
TAGSA, the managing organisation of the Guayaquil Airport, through qualified technical personnel, carries out inspections and controls in the different areas of the airport to prevent risk factors that may generate accidents or affect the health of the workers, as part of the Health and Safety Management System of the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, according to the legal framework.