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Today, October 17 2014, Ecuadorian flag carrier TAME started the first nonstop service between Quito and Fort Lauderdale. This will be the second U.S. gateway for TAME, where the airline will use an A320 aircraft with 140 seats for the route.

Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States, Nathalie Cely Suárez, said “this new route will strengthen the relations between the United States and Ecuador providing better options to all Americans who travel to Ecuador year after year looking to enjoy the unique natural diversity and rich cultural experience that Ecuador has to offer.”

The airline announced the revamping of its schedule as a part of an ongoing effort to grow its international destination service, which currently serves: Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Lima, New York, Sao Paulo, Havana and Caracas. TAME operates connecting flights between 16 destinations locally and 8 abroad and over 5,800 passengers are on board each day on both international and domestic routes.

Fernando Guerrero, TAME’s CEO, said, “The United States does not easily grant permits to any airline to operate in their country. We have passed rigorous tests and evaluations that reflect the quality of our airline.”

TAME was founded in 1962 with the mission to transform Ecuador into a connecting hub to further promote the commercial, social, tourism and cultural development. During its 50 years in business, the company has expanded its routes and incorporated new aircraft with the latest technology and greater capacity. Now, the carrier is opening the nonstop service to offer more convenient services to its customers in Ecuador and the US.