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Gov’t officials push for Cuenca-Manta flights

Officials in Cuenca and Manta as well as Ecuador’s tourism ministry are in discussions with two airlines about establishing flights between the two cities. Citing a study by the Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro in Manta, they say that current demand justifies one or two scheduled flights a week with a “growing upside.”

Mariscal La Mar Airport in Cuenca.

“Manta and Cuenca and rapidly growing cities and with populations of 300,000 and 600,000 respectively, the demand for travel between them is also growing,” says Ecuador Minister of Tourism Rosi Prado. “We are presenting the results of the Alfaro University study to the airlines and hope to make an announcement soon.”

Although Prado did not mention the airlines that have been contacted, Patricio Miller, director of Cuenca’s Mariscal La Mar Airport, said one of them is LatAm. LatAm currently operates flights between Cuenca and Quito.

According to Miller, he and local business leaders are also in talks with three airlines about reestablishing flights between one or two cities in Peru. “In the 1980s and 1990s, there were non-stop flights connecting Cuenca to Lima, Cusco and Chiclayo, which were very important in building tourism in Cuenca. The flights were very popular and flew at 90 percent capacity,” he said. “The flights stopped during the 1999 financial crisis and we know there is more demand today and are working to have them reestablished.”

10 thoughts on “Gov’t officials push for Cuenca-Manta flights

  1. Wonderful news. I just bought a condo on the ocean there. This air travel may not come to pass, though, as demand may not be high enough to justify plane service to and fro. I can always drive, but I dislike passing through Guayaquil’s traffic.

    1. You don’t need to go through Guayaquil. Before entering Guayaquil take the ‘Vía al PAN”, then to Daule.

    2. I think many of us are surprised to hear you are willing to spend time away from the farm and all that gold you are sitting on.

  2. I would go to Manta and the area around it if I did not have to first go to Guayaquil, then find a way north. I should think there would be a great demand for such flights as well as flights to Peru.

    1. we have a commuter train coming its called the Tran. As for trains between major cities do not hold your breath

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