Equair will double its flights to the Galapagos Islands

The Young Equair will double its frequency of flights to the Galapagos Islands to meet growing demand.

Equiar, the young Ecuadorian start-up airline, has announced its intention to increase its number of flights to the Galápagos Islands. This increase in the frequency of flights to these tourist destinations will be the airline’s first domestic expansion since operations began in January. Throughout the year, it was able to capitalize on the strong demand for leisure travel. These latest expansion plans will help the low-cost carrier secure a larger share of the domestic travel and tourism market in Ecuador.


Ocean expansion

The frequency of flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands will be doubled with this increase in service. The airline will increase flight frequency from four to eight weekly flights between its Quito hub, Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Ecuador, and its main Galapagos destination, Seymour Ecological Galápagos Airport (GPS). ) from Baltra. It will also increase the frequency of flights between UIO and Isla San Cristobal Airport (SCY) from two to four times per week.

The airline will maintain its domestic service between the UIO and José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil. It serves this route six times a week, with a daily flight from Monday to Sunday. All routes are operated on the airline’s two Boeing 737-700s. With 142 seats, the airline has the capacity to fly 3,408 passengers to the islands each week. The airline plans to expand its fleet in the near future, which will allow it to further expand its flight frequency and route network, enabling the airline to reach new domestic and international destinations.

Market share

Equiar currently holds a substantial 16% share of all domestic flights in Ecuador. In Galapagos, LATAM is the dominant airline offering three daily flights to GPS and nine weekly flights connecting SCY to GYE. Competing airline Avianca follows closely, offering 12 weekly flights connecting GYE to GPS. It also offers eight weekly flights between UIO and GPS. It operates nine weekly flights between SCY and GYE.

LATAM offers the most flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Although Equiir seems to be catching up very quickly. Photo: Airbus

Although it holds the smallest share of scheduled flights to the Galapagos, Equair has established itself very quickly in the domestic market. It has been well received by the public by providing another alternative to domestic travel in Ecuador by offering low fares. The airline has been geared towards serving the tourist market with these low fares. The launch of the airline came with impeccable timing. Despite numerous delays, the airline managed to obtain an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC), which allowed it to finally begin operations. This came at the start of a year that would see strong demand for leisure travel.

It managed to capitalize on strong demand for record travel in the post-pandemic summer. The airline expects travel demand to remain stable through the winter and continue to grow for years to come. It plans to use this demand to further expand its network by adding more aircraft and destinations. If demand continues, Equair will likely become the predominant domestic carrier in Ecuador by the end of the decade.

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Source: AviationLine

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