Cuenca’s airport dilemma: City faces decision to build a new airport or expand the current one

The mayors of Nabón and Oña say the valley between their towns is the perfect location for a new Cuenca airport. The site, off the Pan American highway south of Cuenca, is flat, at a lower elevation than Cuenca, and has a dry, fog-free climate. The major problem, say board members of the Cuenca Airport Corporation (CORPAC), is the distance from the city: 72 kilometers, or 45 miles, with an estimated drive-time of an hour and 20 minutes from Cuenca’s city center. The location is one of several considered by Cuenca officials since 1978 when they first decided that the…

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