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Airport Overview

The Catamayo City Airport is the only airport that serves the entire province of Loja with more than 511,000 inhabitants. Camilo Ponce Enriquez Airport is only operational during daylight hours. The airport receives a total of 68 regular flights monthly, of which 60 are from Quito and 8 from Guayaquil, reaching up to 3 daily flights. In 2017 a total of 118,358 passengers flew in/out the terminal, which implied 11 thousand fewer passengers when compared to 2016. In 2018, the number of passengers continued to decline to approximately 110,000 users.

The airport is located a city in mountain valley 18 kilometres (11 mi) west of Loja. There is rising terrain south of the airport, and mountainous terrain in all other quadrants. Some of the main services of the airport are a medical Service and fast-tracked security clearance.

Approaching and landing can only be made on runway 07 and takeoffs on runway 25, which makes its operation more complex, which together with the climate and mountains is a challenge for the pilots, who are specially trained to land there. The location of the runway does not allow the development of an instrument flight procedure to get there in bad weather. At a certain height the pilots must descend with instruments and then visualization is necessary because the maneuvering airspace prevents making instrument approaches. Very intense winds in certain times of the year is another limitation  that does not allows any operation to be carried out on either of the two tracks, added to the irregular topography of the terrain.

Airport Location and Contact

Country

Ecuador

Province or District

Loja

Nearest Town or City  with Distance from Airport

Catamayo 

Airport’s Complete Name

Aeropuerto Ciudad de Catamayo

Latitude

-3.996727

Longitude

-79.369873

Elevation (ft and m)

1238 m / 4,056 feet 

IATA Code

LOH

ICAO Code

SECA

Managing Company or Airport Authority

DIRECCION DE AVIACION CIVIL

Management Contact Person

Juan Correa

NGO and/or UN Presence at Airport?

N/A

Airport Pictures

Runway(s)

Runway #1

Runway Dimensions

2050 m x 25 m

Runway Orientation

06/24

Runway Surface

Asphalt

Runway Condition

Good condition

Airport Infrastructure Details

Infrastructure

Passenger / Cargo Security Screening

Yes

Runway Lighting

Yes

Refueling Capacity

Yes

Ground Handling Services

Yes

Air Traffic Control

Yes

Fire Fighting Equipment

Yes

Weather Information

Yes

Aircraft Parking Space

Yes

Navigation Aids

Yes

Perimeter Fencing

Yes

Windsock

Yes

 


The Loja non-directional beacon (Ident: LOJ) is located on the field. The control tower has new-technology, communications and weather forecast systems. The parking platform can accommodate 3 Embraer 190 type aircraft or 4 smaller aircraft. There is a firefighting hangar, parking area for 4,000 US gallons firefighting trucks  and technical maintenance block of 360 square meters facilities.

Source: DGAC,  runway lighting system at Loja's "Ciudad de Catamayo" Airport.

Fuel Services Charges

Ecuafuel is the  fuelling station that belongs to PETROECUADOR, an Ecuadorian state company.


Price per Litre USD - $

Avgas

0.13

Jet A-1

0.56

The above are referential prices and were obtained from Petrocomercial information (GoE fuel supplier).  In the private sector, each retailer may vary its prices.

Royalties / Non-Objection Fees

N/A