Wind diverts flights at Quito airport

Strong winds have disrupted landings of 159 flights since June at Quito’s Mariscal Sucre Airport. Ecuador’s General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) reports that in 22 cases, winds were strong enough to reroute flights to Guayaquil or Manta. “This is a seasonal occurrence, in June, July and August, and we have learned to manage with it,” says Diego Castillo, DGAC director. “When flights are aborted, we asked pilots to return for second and third approaches before we send them to alternate airports. Safety is always the primary concern.” Despite about 50 aborted landings, Castillo says no aircraft has been in…

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