The World’s First Ecological Airport Planned in the Galapagos

April 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ecuador plans to build the world’s first Ecological Airport on Baltra.  The new airport is estimated to cost 24 million and will include a new passenger terminal, runway and aircraft platform.

The contract for the new airport was signed in front of a notary public on Civil Air Transport Secretary, Carlos Jacome and Director of Civil Aviation, Fernando Guerrero by the Ecuadorian state and by the contractor, Ezequiel Barrenechea, director for Latin America and Jorge Corporation General Manager ECOGAL Rosillo, operator of the airport.

President Rafael Correa along with ministers of Transport and Public Works Maria de los Angeles Duarte, Environment, Marcela Aguiñaga, Coordination and Production Nataly Celi, Cultural Heritage, María Fernanda Espinoza, Coordinator of the Policy, Doris Solís, and the secretary general of the Andean Community Freddy Ehlers were in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island to for the ceremony.

The airport, which is granted for a period of 15 years, will be built taking into account the environment, including the operation will respond to environmental standards.

ECOGAL plans for the airport to get the ‘gold’ level of the Green Building Council maintains a ranking of green buildings through the Certificate LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). In the world there are currently no airports built under the LEEDS standards.  LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system,  providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Work to build the world’s first green airport, will start as soon as the National Council of Civil Aviation issued the respective resolutions.

The Galapagos Islands has two airports which handle flights from the mainland of Ecuador.  The airport in Baltra services Galapagos Cruises departing from Baltra as well as the island of Santa Cruz and the San Cristobal Airport which services cruises departing from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno as well as the island of San Cristobal.  In addition there is a small airport on the island of Isabela which handles inter-island flights from Baltra and San Cristobal.


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