Quito airport closed "until further notice" - Quiport

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The concessionaire of Ecuadorian capital Quito's Mariscal Sucre international airport, Quiport, has been forced to close the airport "until further notice," company spokesperson Luis Galarraga told BNamericas.

The firm halted operations on Thursday (Sep 30) after members of the armed forces took over the airport's runway and the roads that connect to the terminal.

The concessionaire immediately shut down its operations to prevent accidents on the runway, Galarraga said, adding that the airport will remain closed until safe operations can be guaranteed.

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Police officials and members of the military also took over police barracks in Quito and other parts of the country. Protesters also blocked off the main bridge and access roads to the capital, local and international press reported.

Ecuador's armed forces and police are protesting against new public spending cuts that suspend their right to special pension plans and bonuses.