Price of high-test gasoline headed higher, Ecuador to host Venezuela crisis meeting, High winds divert flights at Quito airport

Aug 23, 2018

Moreno announces price hike for high-test gasoline

For the first time since 2005, the price of “super”, or high-test, gasoline is headed higher in Ecuador. The price hike was one of several austerity measures announced on Tuesday by President Lenin Moreno.

President Lenin Moreno

Set by the government at $2.10 and $2.32 a gallon, depending on whether a gas station is publicly or privately owned, the price will increase to $2.98 within a matter of weeks. Moreno said that the government has not yet decided if the price of diesel will increase as well, but said the subsidized price of $1.01 would remain in place for all public transportation vehicles.

In addition to the gasoline price adjustment, Moreno announced other government cost-saving measures, including the elimination and consolidation of two dozen ministries and agencies.

Ecuador to host regional meeting on Venezuelan crisis

Ecuador will host a meeting of Latin American countries September 17 and 18 to discuss the Venezuelan refugee crisis. “This is a humanitarian crisis for the entire Western Hemisphere which cannot be solved by a single country,” Foreign Minister José Valencia said on Wednesday. “We must work together to find the best solutions.”

According to Valencia, final details of the meeting, which will be held in Quito, are being worked out. Invitations have been sent to the ambassadors of Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Panama, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela, as well as to the Organization of American States and the United Nations Organization for Migration.

High winds affect landings 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 serious danger. “We use special landing protocols for these conditions and they have proven effective,” he says.

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