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Quito is a small sized city located in Ecuador. The city is also the capital of Ecuador and is the highest official capital in the world. The city has low business and tourism ratings that range from between 50 and 150 each.

Airport

The default airport here is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO).

Strategy

Quito is a relatively unknown city for many airlines due to the low ratings. Competition in the city is virtually zero because of the lack of scheduled flights, but the city cannot sustain any form competition if any shows up, although this is unlikely. Quito does have one bright side to it and this is reflected in its location. Because of its strategic position, players who make the city as a hub can fly to cities in North America (e.g. Boston, San Diego and Houston) and South America (e.g. Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Santiago). To make sustainable routes, players are advised to fly to only large cities. Long haul flights to Europe or Africa is not advised as the planes that has the range to cover the distance are usually expensive and not worth it for a lowly rated city like Quito. Beginners are advised to not make this city as a hub due to the low ratings that limit profits and making it difficult for airlines to grow and expand.

Mariscal Sucre International Airport is often empty and even if it is not, it can never be upgraded beyond its initial status of level 2. This makes the airport a very bad choice for purchase from the national government as there are essentially no profits to collect from spending 60 credits. This also means additional airports are also of no use and players should also never consider about building airports in the city unless they wish to privatise it for personal use.

Low business ratings means players are advised to limit the number of business and first class seats on all passenger planes being used to fly to and from Quito. When players wish to fly to large cities for passenger or cargo operations, medium capacity planes like the Boeing 757, Airbus A310 and the Lockheed L-1011. Flights to small and medium cities are best serviced by small capacity or regional planes such as the Boeing 737, Bombardier CSeries and the Embraer E-Jet. Large capacity or expensive planes are not advised on all routes out of Quito as these planes come with high depreciation rates which the profits from the flights to and from Quito may have difficulty coping and hence being detrimental due the growth and expansion of an airline.

Trivia

  • The airport is named after Antonio Jose de Sucre, a Venezuelan-born independence leader who played an important role in Ecuadorian independence from Spanish colonisation.

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