There may be some good news for those of you looking to return to the US or to get back to Ecuador in the near future.
According to the Quiport Corporation, who manages the Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito, this past Friday, July 17, 2020, a resolution was adopted by the National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) that authorized an increase in the frequency of airline flights to 50%, effective August 1, 2202.
Since June, when the COE reopened airline travel to and from Ecuador, airlines had been restricted to restart service at 30% of their prior number of flights on a particular route. For many, this made most routes extremely unprofitable and not worth relaunching.
According to the resolution, the percentage of flights may not exceed 50% of the frequencies authorized to a particular airline in its operating permit. The Ministry of Transport and Public Works will be notifying airlines of their authorized percentages.
According to Allan Padilla, COO of Quiport, “this is the result of successful implementation of measures of health protection and security protocols that apply at airports in the country and particularly in the Quito airport.”
Padilla explained that several airlines that operate at the Quito airport have been registering a significant demand for airline tickets, and they already had several plans in place to increase their frequencies to the city. “With this decision, the regulatory framework that allows airlines to increase their frequencies now exists,” he said.
Quiport said is working with the Government to establish a measure which replaces mandatory administrative segregation (APO) for people who come to the country with a negative result of PCR test for covid-19.