Quito, Ecuador, Begins to Return to Normal After Strike

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Quito, Ecuador, is returning to normal after protestors and the government struck a deal over the weekend. Some flight disruptions out of Quito’s airport, however, are expected to continue. 

According to the latest update from the U.S. Embassy, traffic is returning to normal in Quito, as well as in many of the country’s cities and provinces. Some blockades have been removed, although clean-up efforts continue. The curfew that had been imposed in Quito ended on October 14, although the Embassy said that this could be a temporary measure. 

Officials at Quito’s airport said that operations at the facility were kept open, although most flights were cancelled over the weekend by the airlines due to restrictions on movement to and from the city. The airport provided snacks, beverages and a medical center for passengers who were stuck in the terminal. As of Tuesday, October 15, most international flights on the airport’s website are listed as going ahead as scheduled. 

A number of flight change waivers are still in place for travel to and from Ecuador:

American Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to fly through October 17 to rebook through October 20 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference). 

Delta is allowing customers scheduled to fly through October 17 to rebook through October 20, with the new ticket to be reissued on or before that date. 

United Airlines is waiving the change fee and any difference in fare for customers scheduled to travel through October 17 when rebooking through October 20 in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the original city pair. 

The Associated Press reports that President Lenín Moreno and the leaders of Ecuador’s indigenous peoples reached an agreement late Sunday to end the protests. President Moreno agreed to cancel an austerity package that had included the end of a fuel subsidy, which caused a spike in both fuel prices and the prices of food and other basic goods. Both sides also agreed to work together to develop a new package of measures to reduce the country’s budget deficits and public debt. According to the latest report, seven people died in the protests, 1,340 people were injured and 1,152 people were arrested. 

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