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Most visitors arrive by air. On a clear day the arrival into Quito is spectacular with the tops of the great volcanos visible above the clouds before you descend into the city flying almost between the tower blocks. This will change in the future with plans replace the existing Mariscal Sucre Airport and to build a new modern airport on the outskirts. Unless you are being picked up at the airport, you will have to take your chances with an expensive airport taxi to take you to your final destination.
You will need both the customs and immigration forms completed on entry (retain the part you are given for your exit), and you should have your baggage ticket stubs ready too -you will not be able to take away luggage for which you do not have these. There are luggage carts (for $1) or one of the porters will be more than pleased to help for a small tip. If you plan to take a taxi, I suggest you have some dollars on you.
Do not forget the departure tax (at the last count it was just over $40 per person), and if you are travelling to the Galapagos Islands, then there is a $100 Island Tax. Non passengers are not allowed into the departure terminal. Arrive early -queues can be long and slow.
Airlines and Air Travel
Quito Airport -official site of Mariscal Sucre Airport.
Aerogal -Aerolinas Galapagos -domestic routes to Guyaquil, Cuenca, Baltra, San Andres, San Cristobal in Galapagos.
Aeropostal -connections to Bogota, Caracas
American Airlines -to Miami and Dallas from Quito and Guayaquil with onward connections to Honolulu, Mexico, London, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo plus other destinations in North America.
Avianca -flights to Bogota with connections to London, Paris, Madrid, Frankfurt and destinations throughout the Americas/Carribean.
Continental Airlines -Quito and Guayaquil to Houston and to NYC (Newark) via Panama City and Bogota. Note, as a result of economic conditions, Continental plans to cease the service to Guayquil from Sept 3rd 2008.
COPA -flights from Guayaquil and Quito to Panama City with onward connections to over 20 destinations within the Americas.
Iberia from Quito via Santo Domingo to Madrid with a huge variety of onward connections throughout Europe.
Icaro -domestic flights to Cuenca, Lago Agrio, Loja, Manta and Guyaquil.
KLM -Amsterdam from Quito and Guayaquil (via Curacao) with a wide variety of onward connections throughout Europe.
Lan Chile, Lan Ecuador Lan Peru -flights to Santiago, Lima, Miami, Buenos Aires, Bogota and New York.
Lufthansa -to Frankfurt via Caracas with onward connections across Europe.
Santa Barbara Airlines -
Taca -flights to Lima and North America via Panama.
TAME -Domestic flights from Quito to most destinations in Ecuador, including Galapagos and international flights to Cali. From Aug 08 Tame inaugarated a twice weekly flight to Manaus in Brazil.

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Avenue of the Volcanos
Flying into Quito on a clear day presents spectacular vistas for air travellers. Rising over the clouds are the peaks of the great volcanoes including Cotpaxi, Cayambe, Tunguruhua, Sangay and the Illinizas.

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