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.
Contrary to popular belief, now is an advantageous time to travel overseas, especially to Ecuador, Peru and the Galapagos Islands. Times have never been better to put your international dream trip into action, since travel deals and incentives are proliferating (with many employers encouraging voluntary leaves of absence from work) time to travel is in greater abundance. If you have some money saved up, this could be a great time to grab your passport and head abroad.
The secret, of course, is to make your money go as far as possible, and taking advantages of special offers and deals – including the current abundance of flight spaces.
It boils down to a supply and demand issue. The higher the demand, the less spaces are available and the prices can increase. As demand decreases, spaces become more available and the corresponding rates start to drop. Special deals, discounts and incentives on various Galapagos boats, for example, have never been so numerous, even to such extent as “2 for 1″ deals. How long this will hold really depends on the market. If the demand remains low, the deals will keep coming.