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SEYMOUR AIRPORT OF BALTRA

Galapagos Ecological Airport The world's first 100% environmentally sustainable airport By Wendy Rosillo, Communications Advisor, Galapagos Ecological Airport Seymour Airport of Baltra, also known as Galapagos Ecological Airport, began construction in January 2012. As the Galapagos Islands were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979, Corporación América, an Argentinian holding company, was faced with the challenge of building the world’s first ecological airport. This airport is a testament to Corporación América’s commitment to incorporating sustainability criteria when conceiving new projects. The aim, says Ezequiel Barrenechea, CEO, Galapagos Ecological Airport, and Director, Corporación América, is to reduce environmental impact and protect natural habitats. “Galapagos Ecological Airport was conceived, designed and built in its entirety to be a green building,” he notes.

“We have built and operated over 50 airports worldwide,” Barrenechea continues. “Since 2000, we have actively cooperated with ACI Latin America-Caribbean on several occasions. Even with such well-founded industry experience, the construction of a completely sustainable airport was a big challenge—not only because of the concept’s novelty, but also because of its location. Galapagos Ecological Airport was built on Baltra Island, a small uninhabited island of the archipelago found 1,500 miles away from the main Galapagos Island.” Corporación América’s efforts to meet this challenge were successful. In December 2014, the Green Building Council, an association that provides international standards for green buildings with best environmental practices, awarded

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