The Government of Ecuador announced that it is carrying out permanent work to enhance the so-called Manta-Thaití airway, with the aim of creating an air route linking Latin America with the Asia-Pacific region. This connectivity effort is called “N789 Superior Airway”, which will connect Latin America with Asia through an air route between the Ecuadorian coastal city of Manta and Tahiti, in French Polynesia, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
As part of the process, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a request last November to the Civil Aviation Organization, with its interest in assuming control of the Flight Information Region.
“This is a space in which commercial and non-commercial international air operations are carried out, and each country is responsible for the service in the areas covered,” the Foreign Ministry said.
The request was accepted by the Civil Aviation Organization and therefore the General Directorate of Civil Aviation of the country “works on the technical aspects.”
According to the schedule it is estimated that the oceanic FIR will be operational between the months of June to December 2019 “, adds the text
For Ecuador, the allocation of the FIR also has a strategic nature, since it would strengthen its national security objectives around air control of the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Galápagos archipelago, located in the Pacific Ocean, a thousand kilometers west of the continental coasts of the country.
Likewise, the road will allow Ecuador “to exploit the potentials that the markets of the Asia-Pacific countries have for national exports,” the Foreign Ministry added.
He reiterated that the route will provide a direct connection between South America and Asia, which would allow boosting tourism between the two regions. According to the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry, international airlines have expressed their interest in using the “Manta-Tahiti Airway” and the new oceanic FIR.
In the world there are some 42,000 airports interconnected by airways, which allow the connectivity of passengers and cargo, adds the text of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (I)