Words: Patricio Añazco / Photos: Guayaquil Airport.
Guayaquil, Ecuador’s second largest city, has a national and international airport in the heart of the city. According to the Ministry of the Interior, it is currently the airport with the highest volume of international traffic in the country. It is an airport with 2 to 5 million passengers per year and has been awarded the best airport in Latin America and the Caribbean several times.
According to the Bienal de Arquitectura Panamericana de Quito (BAQ), the culture of the Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport is modernist, but in this case it has been adapted to the local context. The project incorporates elements of Ecuadorian architecture and landscape design: the stone, the vegetation, the palm trees, the water; access to the terminal is via bridges over lagoons with fish and plants.
Works included a new aircraft parking area, the installation of 6 telescopic gates, the distribution of domestic and international air traffic flows for 7,5 million passengers/year, and the construction of a new control tower and ancillary buildings. Subsequent phases will include hospitality, commercial and convention facilities.