On Friday, September 16th at 19h00 a TAME airline airplane (Embraer 190), flight no.148 from Loja to Quito, crashed into the far north safety extension region of the Quito International Airport of Mariscal Sucre. Aboard were 97 passengers and 6 crew. No victims were reported, and 11 people received medical attention.
The TAME plane ended up some 300 meters beyond the extreme end of the runway. Airport operations have been irregular subsequently due to the fact that the ILS radars, which assist inbound air traffic for runway approximation, were damaged. As a result, pilots are forced to use VOR (Voice over radio) for approximations in the meantime.
If climatic conditions (low or poor visibility etc) present themselves, flights may be forced to land at the nearest alternative airport. For this reason flights have been irregular since Friday evening.
As is quite often the case here in Ecuador, it is not uncommon to get wind of official changes in regulations after the fact. Much as is currently occurring with the ‘new’ national transit laws. This is also the case with recent changes (apparently took effect on March 31st, 2011) that were made available today (April 7th, 2011).
According to official information from TAME airline, they have changed the rates for thier flights to/from the Galapagos Islands. Up until this date, all airline tickets were classified as ‘Y’ (or Yankie) class – both for high and low season flights. Now TAME airline has dropped class ‘Y’ and replacing it for class ‘B’ (or Bravo) and class ‘W’ (or Whiskey) in high season, and class ‘H’ (or Hotel) in low season. Furthermore, TAME airline now only considers the months of July, August & December as high season.
In addition, TAME airline is now charging penalty fees for such things as change of date, change of name etc.
It appears that one set rate is applied to low season flights (much like in the past) but for high season flights one of two tariffs will be applied (class ‘B’ or class ‘W’) depending on availability.
Here is how the fees pan out ….
HIGH SEASON: July, August & December
GALAPAGOS FLIGHT RATES – HIGH SEASON
|QUITO – GALAPAGOS – QUITO
||$418 (*B) / $463 (*W)
||$286 (*B) / $315 (*W)
|QUITO – GALAPAGOS – GUAYAQUIL
||$395 (*B) / $440 (*W)
||$270 (*B) / $300 (*W)
|GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS – QUITO
||$393 (*B) / $438 (*W)
||$267 (*B) / $298 (*W)
|GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS – GUAYAQUIL
||$370 (*B) / $415 (*W)
||$252 (*B) / $283 (*W)
High season classes: (B) = SEAT CLASS B / (W) = SEAT CLASS WNOTES
(a) Seat class subject to availability (*)
(b) ‘Child’ is anyone under 12 years of age / ‘Adult’ is anyone over 12 years of age.
(c) Copies of passports are required by airline for all passengers (adults & children).
(d) Rates do not include USD $10 per airline ticket issue fee charged by airline.
(e) Flight rates are subject to change without prior notice.
(f) USD $30 penalty for change of date
(g) USD $50 penalty for change in name
(h) USD $50 penalty for reimbursement refund
UPDATED: APRIL 7th, 2011
LOW SEASON: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October & November
GALAPAGOS FLIGHT RATES – LOW SEASON
|QUITO - GALAPAGOS – QUITO
|QUITO - GALAPAGOS – GUAYAQUIL
|GUAYAQUIL - GALAPAGOS – QUITO
|GUAYAQUIL - GALAPAGOS – GUAYAQUIL
Low season class: (H) = SEAT CLASS H
(a) ‘Child’ is anyone under 12 years of age / ‘Adult’ is anyone over 12 years of age.
(b) Copies of passports are required by airline for all passengers (adults & children).
(c) Rates do not include USD $10 per airline ticket issue fee charged by airline.
(d) Flight rates are subject to change without prior notice.
(e) USD $30 penalty for change of date
(f) USD $50 penalty for change in name
(g) USD $50 penalty for reimbursement refund
UPDATED: APRIL 7th, 2011
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
TAME airline has just renovated their logo and started a new ad campaign:
For the Galapagos Islands ..
For Quito ….
For Guayaquil …
For Macas ….
For Portoviejo ….
For Loja …
For Tulcan …
For Cuenca …
For Manta …