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Passenger count increases at Cuenca airport; City’s noisiest neighborhoods identified

The number of passengers flying in and out of Cuenca’s Mariscal La Mar Airport showed a strong 20 percent increase in 2018 over 2017. The airport management company, CORPAC, says it expects more growth in 2019.

CORPAC reports that a total of 366,000 passenger passed through the airport last year, up from 303,000 in 2017.

Cuenca’s Mariscal La Mar Airport

Airport general manager Carlos Jácome credits the growth to Latam and Tame airlines’ decision to add more flights between Cuenca and Quito. “The additional flights have proven profitable and it is likely we will see more flights this year,” he says, adding that a reduction in airfare has also boosted the passenger count.

Latam reports that its Cuenca-Quito flights fly at 90 percent capacity while Tame says its numbers are “strong.”

According to Jácome, a third airline, Aeroregional, will enter the Cuenca market in June. It will fly to Quito with connections to Panama and Mexico.

Cuenca’s noisiest neighborhoods

A survey by the University of Azuay Environmental Management Lab reports that noise pollution is declining in Cuenca but two neighborhoods buck the trend.

Av. Remigio Crespo and the Calle Condamine are the noisiest areas of the city, both increasing their decibel count over readings taken in 2018. According to the lab, the noise is worse at night due to music from bars and nightclubs. Other areas that rank high in noise but showed no increase are Av. de las Américas, Av. Don Bosco and the Vicente Corral Moscoso hospital neighborhood.

According to the lab, most noise pollution in the city comes from traffic, car alarms and bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

Residents of noisy neighborhoods complained to survey-takers that the city is not enforcing the noise pollution ordinance it passed in 2017.