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Quito celebrates groundbreaking ceremony for new cargo complex


Quito International Airport’s ambition to have the most modern import air cargo terminal in Latin American took a huge step forward yesterday with the groundbreaking ceremony for a $2 million cargo logistics centre.

Expected to be completed in mid-2021, the Tabacarcen cargo logistics centre will become the new import cargo distribution centre for Quito International Airport.

According to airport operator, Corporación Quiport, the new complex will boast an array of automated cargo handling solutions, which in addition to providing greater operational efficiency, will improve the traceability of freight shipments and guarantee greater cargo security.

Sandro Ruiz, general manager of the Metropolitan Public Company of Airport Services (EPMSA), Xavier Garay, district director of Ecuadorian Customs in Quito, Andrew O’Brian, president and CEO of Corporación Quiport, and Santiago Gómez de la Torre, general manager of Tabacarcen were all present in the groundbreaking ceremony.

“While everyone is reducing budgets and investments and postponing projects, today Tabacarcen is investing in this plan, betting on Ecuador, betting on the airport and betting on the future,” enthused O’Brian.

“This is a project that will create jobs and opportunities. These are the signs that Quito and Ecuador need.”

Gómez de La Torre commented: “This is an emblematic project for Tabacarcen, for Quito airport and for the country, because we are going to have the most modern import air cargo terminal on the continent and the only one to have an automated system.”

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