August 12, 2010
LAN Ecuador, an affiliate of the large South American air conglomerate, LAN Airlines, announced that, on September 16, 2010, they will start a regular daily flight from Quito and Guayaquil, to the Galapagos Islands. According to one of the airline’s executives, “this is a big milestone that will allow us to continue contributing to the development of tourism in the country”.
With one year of operations in the domestic routes of Ecuador, the rapidly growing and well-reputed airline, has transported more than half a million passengers to and from its three internal destinations within Ecuador: Quito, the historic capital city; Guayaquil, the main seaport, largest city and top ranking commercial center of the South American Pacific coast and Cuenca, the highly touristic colonial city in the south of the Andean Region.
To promote the soon to begin route to Galapagos, LAN Ecuador invited a select group of highly recognized tour operators from United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and South America, to visit the Galapagos Islands, in order to get a first-hand acquaintance with the new Destination. The visit to the Islands included a business round between the visitors and local tour operators and tourism services-related suppliers. The guests were treated to a special welcome to Ecuador, in Guayaquil, with a colorful night of music, fantastic views of the city from across the Guayas River, local gastronomy and fireworks. Centerpiece of the event was a presentation focused on the Destination Ecuador together with a complete overview of the Galapagos Islands, providing the guests with a highly informative Introduction to the new destination.
LAN also celebrates seven years of presence in Ecuador as an international air carrier of passengers and cargo, providing these services to several destinations in the United States, Europe, Chile, Peru and Argentina. The airline has rapidly positioned as one that offers a perfect combination of punctuality, reliability and safety, together with high quality services. Being a member of the global One World Alliance, customers of the domestic routes in Ecuador have immediate access to a full range of benefits, such as accruing and redeeming frequent flyer mileage awards on any of the Alliance’s partner airlines worldwide, as well as access to 550 VIP Lounges in airports around the world, among other facilities and benefits.
The flights to Galapagos, which have already received the required approval of Ecuador’s aviation authorities, will be operated with LAN’s Airbus A318 modern fleet, using aircraft which features state-of-the-art technology and is environmentally friendly by decreasing gas emissions.
According to LAN’s officials, the new route to Galapagos “reaffirms the airline’s commitment to Ecuador and to the customers who have honored us with their preference. LAN Ecuador and the entire LAN Airlines International Network will continue promoting Ecuador’s tourist attractions; contributing to the growth of its exports and providing an excellent product, with special concern for the preservation of the environment”.