Airports are always a trip, they are full of characters, which do not know or think they are characters. People trying to be famous and important in a place that is one-step above a bus stop.
I always check airports for clocks, for some reason in a place where a clock is needed there is never a clock. Here they have no signs to tell me where the airplane gates are, there was just a police officer standing in front of what appeared to be gate. Architects of airports are some of the slammers of the planet, they cannot seem to make the place functional, and all they can think about is making him or her the architect.
The people of Guayaquil are extra friendly, and seem to see very few foreigners so I have had multiple people try to enter into conversations, quite nice, always better than the places like Boston or London where they want you out of their face.
The American Deli is not open, it is 11:46 am, I hope they are talking about South American and not the USA type of American, however for sure nobody here talks English and any deli in the USA in an Airport and nobody will talk English either, so maybe it is USA type of American. I think they are trying to make play on words for marketing, copy, copy.
They have perfect bench seats in the international departure area, they have no arms and a person could sleep in this airport perfectly. For sure, it is cleaner than my room was in the Hotel.
I walked over to the deli, five dollars U.S. for a sandwich, which sounds American from the USA. Amazing how a sandwich can go from one dollar outside in Ecuador to five dollars in an Airport.
They have a gauntlet here to run with the duty free shops, this is becoming the rage, they make you actually enter or walk through the pay through the nose duty-free shop just to enter the international zone. The world is for sure a child, travel life must be run by temptation or the duty-free shops would go out of business.
I think about all governments, they always create a gap where to go through the gap you must pay; it is easy to be free just do not enter any one-way streets. Toll bridges, airports, gates, anything where there is some fee to enter the room.
It is funny to see how much I do agree with your post, I was born and lived in Guayaquil until 2000, now as many of my fellow inmigrants I'm living in the "yoni" (USA). I travel at least 3 times to Guayaquil every year, and yes I haven't seen a clock but now, finally they have monitors where you can see flight status (big improvement for a basic need? mm ) Well but It's true the facility is not 5 stars but you should have seen what the airport was 3 or 4 years ago. a total disgrace for a city of roughly 3 million people. Ah!, what you saw (the airport) will no longer exist, by may of 2006 a new and bigger terminal will be completed on about 200 meters north from the actual terminal. Cheers!