Ecuador ponders incentive for new international routes

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Ecuador is considering various incentives for airlines who launch new routes to the country, says Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa during a press conference.

Correa suggests that the government could temporarily subsidise airlines' fuel bills for the flights by up to 40%, during the press conference in Guayaquil. Additionally, the government would actively promote tourism in Ecuador at the new destinations.

He names Los Angeles, Berlin and Buenos Aires as potential destinations that the government would like to connect to Ecuador with direct flights.

Correa did not identify a timeline for the incentives.

The objective of the of the programme is to attract more tourists to the Andean country.

Correa also says that open skies policies are "inadequate" for Ecuador.

A new international airport in Quito is set to open on 12 October, which will allow for direct long-haul flights to both the Ecuadorian capital and Guayaquil.