The Ecuadorian National Aviation Authorities (DAC – Dirección General de Aviación Civil) temporarily suspends Air Cuenca operations due to technical problems that do not guarantee the safety and security of the passengers (according to an article published in El Comercio on June 21st, 2010.
According to this news source, Air Cuenca can only start operating again once the aircraft is checked.
In the Quito airport of Mariscal Sucre, the personal at the airline counter of Air Cuenca commented that they are not selling airline tickets and that the aircraft will go to Miami to be checked.
Source: Cuenca High Life (http://www.cuencahighlife.com)
CIVIL AVIATION BOARD APPROVES CUENCA’S AIRPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
Ecuador’s Civil Aviation Board has okayed the city’s request to establish immigration services at Mariscal La Mar airport, allowing it to process international air passengers. The plan means that international flights on a single air carrier can originate and end in Cuenca, with connections in Quito and Guayaquil.
The approval is contingent on the installation of a new aviation radar system that the airport says will be operational by December.
The 2008 airport renovation project included additional space to process international passengers.
The airport of Lago Agrio (Nueva Loja) is currently closed until December 14, 2009. All operations are currently suspended in order to repave the runways.
According to DAC (Direccion General de Aviacion) this process also includes the construction of a two-level building that will house the arrival and departure areas.
The cost of the remodeling runs at USD $4,921,786.00.
The only flights to Lago Agrio come from Quito, through VIP and TAME airlines.
During this period, passengers are flown into Coca (Pto.Francisco de Orellana) and make a 90 minute transit by bus north to Lago Agrio.
Lago Agrio Airport
IATA: LGQ – ICAO: SENL
Airport type: Public
Location: Nueva Loja, Ecuador
Elevation AMSL; 982 ft / 299 m
Coordinates: 00°05′33″S 076°52′10″W / 0.0925°S 76.86944°W / -0.0925; -76.86944