July 11, 2020

More than one hundred flights canceled in the Ecuadorian capital over protests

More than one hundred flights have been canceled this Sunday at the airport of the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, a city where protests have been concentrated, some of them very violent, against the rise in fuel prices.

According to the portal of the "Mariscal Sucre" airport in Quito, about 40 flights have been canceled on international flights between arrivals and departures, while no more than 60 flights have been made in national flights.

According to a statement from Quiport, operator of the airfield, "by disposition of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation, operations at the Mariscal Sucre Airport are kept open to ensure the city's air connectivity."

He pointed out that most of the flights planned for today have already been canceled by the airlines due to the impossibility of accessing to and from the city of Quito.

But he clarified that passengers who stay inside the airport terminal receive attention, snacks and drinks "so that their stay is more bearable."

Similarly, the airport has a medical center prepared and equipped to meet any health needs of passengers and employees.

Because the curfew decreed on Saturday by the National Government is still in force, Quiport asked passengers who had flights for today, to inform their airline about the status of their flight.

And insisted on asking not to go to the airport, in order to avoid possible saturation of the terminal.

Andrew O'Brian, president and CEO of Quiport Corporation, said they work twenty-four hours, seven days a week, to serve passengers and make their stay somewhat easier "in these difficult times."

"Passengers, many of them foreigners, and employees are well and receive attention and help that we can provide within what is possible in an emergency situation like this," he added.

He asked passengers to contact the airlines directly to find out about possible alternative plans for the situation the capital is going through.

On October 3, demonstrations of transporters, unions and social movements broke out in Ecuador, but those that have remained the most have been those of the indigenous people, mainly in Quito, in rejection of the elimination of fuel subsidies as part of the conditions set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Dialogues are expected to begin this afternoon, in Quito, between representatives of the Government and protesters in search of a solution to the crisis.

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