The National Emergency Committee (COE) ordered the resumption of commercial passenger flights as of June 1.

Flight reestablishment will be gradual and will depend on factors such as demand, airline ability to reactivate their fleets and conditions at destination airports.

 

 

Commercial air transport of passengers will resume from June 1, as reported this afternoon by María Paula Romo, Ecuadorian Government Minister. According to Romo, only 30% of the frequencies or flights operated at Ecuadorian airports before the start of the Covid-19 crisis will be sanctioned, as a first stage of resumption of operations.

The President and CEO of Corporación Quiport, Andrew O’Brian, welcomed the announcement that “will allow the recovery of the air transport sector to begin, on which other sectors depend, the main one of which is tourism”. He also pointed out that it is necessary to fully understand the details of the operation in terms of the requirements that national and international travelers must meet, such as those related to mandatory preventive isolation measures.

The resumption of commercial air passenger operations will be gradual and will depend on factors such as passenger demand, the ability of airlines to launch their fleets and the operating conditions of destination airports. “At the beginning we will have very few flights to limited destinations. As other countries make progress in opening their borders, the offer of flights and destinations and passenger traffic will increase,” commented Mr. O'Brian, who was emphatic in stating that the global air transport system is preparing with the highest levels of health security measures to resume air connectivity.

Corporación Quiport will promptly inform through its official channels, social networks and the quitoairport.aero website about the itineraries of the flights available once the airlines confirm their operation to and from Quito.

“We are very grateful for the decision of the national COE and the Municipality of Quito for believing in us and for their vision to reactivate the sector. This demonstrates the robustness of the health safety protocols that we have prepared. We are well aware of the responsibility we have to develop our operations safely for passengers and airport employees," said Quiport's chief executive.

This is just a first step, albeit one of great importance, as we give airlines and the world the message that we are ready to resume connectivity. Now we are focused on the complex task of finding destinations for airline operation from the Quito airport.