Coronavirus: Repatriation flights blocked by local action in Ecuador

Protest and local government action is stopping flights from landing at one of Ecuador’s busiest airports.

The runway of Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport was blocked to air traffic after officials in Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil, said they opposed flights arriving from Europe.

Trucks and other vehicles were used to stop an Iberian Airlines flight landing on a repatriation mission from Spain, according to Reuters reporting.

European Union member states are urging Ecuadorian airports to remain open to allow them to evacuate citizens, however there is a mixed response from on the ground.

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