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United Airlines to Increase Ecuador Flight Frequency

Destination & Tourism | Brian Major | September 16, 2015

United Airlines to Increase Ecuador Flight Frequency

Image: United Airlines will increase flights to Quito, Ecuador beginning in December. (photo by Brian Major)

Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism is celebrating United Airlines’ recently announced plan to increase flight frequencies between Houston and Quito, Ecuador’s capital, beginning in December. The increased flights come as the destination enters the second phase of a program designed to highlight opportunities for non-traditional travel across the South American nation.

United presently offers one daily non-stop flight connecting Quito with Houston. New flights will be added on Saturdays and Sundays between Dec. 18 and Jan. 10, 2016.

The new United flights will depart from Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport on Saturdays and Sundays at 6:30 a.m. and arrive at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 11:05 a.m. local time. Return flights will depart Houston at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and arrive in Quito the next day, at 05:29 a.m. The airline will operate 737-700 Boeing aircraft carrying 118 passengers.

Promotional efforts launched by the Tourism Ministry are responsible for United’s move to increase frequency, said Paulina Andrade, the Ministry’s connectivity director.

“Demand is directly related to the [ministry] promotion,” said Andrade. “The more we place Ecuador on the map, more people will want to come,” she added.

The Tourism Ministry recently launched "Feel Again," an initiative featuring 16 multi-disciplinary, contemporary artists from the U. K., the U.S., Germany and Canada, who toured key Ecuador tourism sites and are representing their experiences thorough artwork.

The program is part of the Ministry’s “All You Need is Ecuador” campaign and is focused on promoting Ecuador as a destination for “non-traditional” strategic market segments.

"Feel Again will allow us to tell the world what Ecuador is made of, through the eyes of various artists", said Sandra Naranjo, Ecuador’s minister of tourism. She said Ecuador offers "everything in one place, like no other country,” stressing that "Ecuador is more than Galapagos."

The artists will tour Ecuador between September 21 and 29, embarking on itineraries that cover the country’s four main regions (the Galapagos, the coastal lowlands, the Andean highlands and the Amazon rainforest).  

Following the expedition, which will highlight Ecuador’s scenery, culture, gastronomy, and adventure, the artists will compile their experiences to create a multimedia product to be distributed internationally.

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