Update on Ecuador Airline flight prices set to increase effective January 1, 2012
We had informed you earlier that fuel subsidies for local airlines would be eliminated as announced by President Correa. On December 16, 2011 after analyzing this presidential decree #968, Aerogal Airlines informed us that all passengers traveling to Galapagos as of January 1, 2012 with Aerogal will be subject to an airfare fuel surcharge of USD $50.00 per passenger, each way from Quito (UIO) or Guayaquil (GYE) to the Galapagos Islands, the rate will be the same from either city. This fuel surcharge will be applied even to tickets that have already been paid for and/or issued when traveling on January 1 or thereafter (and will also apply to those returning from the Islands Jan 1 who’s cruises initiated Dec 25). For any tickets without the fuel surcharge included, the fee will be collected at the Aerogal counter upon check-in payable in cash or credit card (Master, Visa, Am Ex, Diners).
TAME Airlines will charge a fee of $70 US each way for passengers departing from Quito and $60 from Guayaquil.
Airfares are always subject to change up until the day of departure and therefore, passengers will be responsible to cover any increase in the cost of the ticket.
The Ecuadorian government has decided to stop subsidizing the cost of jet fuel for the airlines in 2012. As a result, airlines will face a 15 to 20 percent increase in the cost of fuel starting January 1st, 2012. Local airlines have not yet said anything regarding how these costs will affect ticket rates but we are expecting to see a resulting increase of 15 to 20 percent which will result in price adjustments from January 1st ,2012.
ECUADOR SITUATION UPDATE
We are very pleased to report that the situation in Ecuador is stable now and back to normal, all commercial and banking activities are taking place –only schools are closed for today. Airports are open and flights have resumed. It is a beautiful sunny morning. Guests starting their Galapagos Expeditions have taken the flights to the Galapagos.
Services in the mainland will also be operated today without any problem, since security is guaranteed in all the country.
REPORT ON ECUADOR SITUATION – POLICE PROTESTS
Following to our previous communication, at the moment, the President of Ecuador has declared the State of Exemption. The measure has been taken to reinforce national security and the wellbeing of individuals and it restricts public activities to the minimum required. Ecuador’s military soldiers remain loyal to President Rafael Correa. The police protest by some members of the National Police has been called an insubordination by the authorities.
The Police has issued a communication pointing out their requests and asking that the new law, that would end the practice of giving members of Ecuador’s military and police medals and bonuses with each promotion, not be passed. It is hoped that with a dialogue with the authorities, an agreement can be reached and the police will end their protest soon.
There has been support from other Latin American countries to the democratic government of Ecuador and it does not appear that the police protests threaten to topple the government. There have been no popular uprisings – but instead pacific demonstrations are being organized in support of the President and of democracy.
The mayors of the main cities in Ecuador, since there are no police on the streets, have suggested that banks and commerce be closed as a preventive measure.
Inti Travel and our Ecuadorian associates have taken all the required measures and all our visitors are safe. We are alert to the developments in order to make any necessary rearrangements in the operation of our vessels in Galapagos.
We will issue a new communication when we have more developments.