Emergency status lets the city bypass bid process to resurface airport runway

Jun 14, 2016 | 4 comments

Cuenca Mayor Marcelo Cabrera has declared a state of emergency to fast-track repaving of Cuenca’s Mariscal La Mar Airport. The move allows the city to negotiate with contractors without going through a public bidding process.

Aircraft await drier conditions to take off. (El Mercurio)

Aircraft await drier conditions to take off. (El Tiempo)

“We must get the airport back to full operation as soon as possible,” Cabrera said. “This is a genuine emergency.”

The emergency was precipitated by an April 28 accident in which a Tame Airlines jet skidded off the runway during wet weather as it attempted to land. Following the accident, which closed the airport for a week, the Directorate of Civil Aviation restricted take-offs and landings at the airport to dry weather conditions, citing a lack of traction on the runway.

To date, almost a third of scheduled flights in and out of the airport have been cancelled as a result of the order.

According to the Cuenca Airport Corporation, the public company that operates the airport, resurfacing will cost about $2.4 million and take four to six weeks to complete. No dates have yet been announced for the work.

 

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