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There are currently no direct flights from London to Ecuador. The most convenient routes are detailed below, although other combinations are possible using a mixture of airlines.
Flights can be taken from the main London airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports. Flights arrive at Quito, in the Andes, or Guayaquil on the coast. They usually fly through both airports, so you can choose which location is more convenient in advance when you purchase your ticket. The majority of travelers alight at Quito, as many tours of the country start from the country’s capital city. Prices vary considerably according to season, ticket flexibility and class.
Usually, the cheapest tickets available for flights from London to Ecuador are on the European airlines KLM (Dutch) and Iberia (Spanish). This does vary though, and it is worth checking out a website that offers discounted flights such as www.opodo.co.uk to see what deals you can find for your trip.
If you choose to fly with KLM, you will fly through Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, usually with a short lay-over. The flight to Ecuador travels overnight, with another short fuel stop at Bonaire located in the Dutch Antilles islands. You may or may not be allowed to get off the plane at this point, depending on whether the plane is late or not. Flights with KLM will generally take around 20 hours.
Flights from London to Ecuador via Iberia make for a shorter journey. You can expect to fly through either Madrid or occasionally Barcelona, or both. Most commonly, the flight will go from London to Madrid and then on to Quito. The flight from Madrid is direct to Ecuador, taking around 10-and-a-half hours. This is a daytime flight, arriving at approximately 4.30 p.m. in the afternoon. LAN airlines works in conjunction with Iberia in an alliance to provide these flights. The flights with the shortest connections for both Iberia and LAN, take just 16 hours to get from London to Quito.
It is also possible to fly to from London to Ecuador through the United States. American Airlines offers daytime flights that go through Miami, leaving London at around 10 a.m. and arriving in Quito at around 9 p.m. at night. This flight takes around 17 hours, so is one of the shorter options. Alternatively, flights with Delta go through Atlanta and take longer due to longer layovers, leaving London at 9 a.m. and arriving in Ecuador at 11 p.m. The flight takes around 19 hours. A third option with a U.S. airline is to fly Continental from London to Ecuador via Houston, Texas. This flight takes around 18-and-a-half hours, and again is a daytime flight.
Air France offers flights from London to Ecuador on a route that flies through Paris and Bogota, but this is less direct than the options detailed above.
Quito is soon to open a new airport with a longer runway. This is currently scheduled for 2010. It remains to be seen if this will impact the number of airlines that provide flights from London to Ecuador.