Ecuador Flights Cancelled and Flight Crews Stranded as Drug Cartel Wreaks Havoc

by Anthony Losanno
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Guayaquil, Ecuador currently looks like something out of an action movie with a drug cartel bringing gun battles to the streets after a prison uprising aided in the escape of gang leaders. Flight crews that were scheduled to work flights departing José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) are now being told to stay in their hotel rooms with guards posted outside of their doors.

The BBC is reporting that Ecuador has instituted a 60-day state of emergency after cartel members busted into a television station during a broadcast and forced the staff to the ground. Schools and offices have been closed and at least 10 people have been killed since Monday. Scenes like the one above are occurring throughout the area.

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Aeromexico, Air Europa, American Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Iberia, JetBlue, KLM, LATAM, and Spirit Airlines all serve José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil.

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Flights began cancelling yesterday and are continuing to cancel today.

Flight crews that were scheduled to work flights departing the airport are being told to remain in their hotel rooms with guards positioned outside of their doors.

All of this chaos stems from a surge in violence inside and outside its prisons caused by drug cartels who are fighting over control of cocaine routes to the US and Europe.

Anthony’s Take: This is a crazy situation and I feel bad for the innocent people that are caught in the middle of all of this mess. Hopefully, the government will be able to get control without too many lives lost.

(Featured Image Credit: @TheFarEastFlies via Twitter/X.)

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