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A colleague is trying to find this, and we're struggling, seeing only connecting flights via Lima or Panama. Are we missing something? It seems odd that two South American capitals aren't directly connected...

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Not really.

You can actually easily check where you can fly from Quito via the Airport's Website looks like you are able to fly to Guayaquil

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Had to find the international flights section, and there it does indicate a flight LA1446 from Santiago, but sadly it's 1-stop. Thanks! –  Mark Mayo Sep 2 '13 at 1:03
    
An one stop flight from Santiago in Chili to Quito in Ecuador? Are you kidding? A short distance and not a direct flight? –  Persian Cat Sep 2 '13 at 1:17
    
@MarkMayo I can't find that flight currently in either departures or arrivals. So it may be the issue of the date as it may not be a daily flight. –  Karlson Sep 2 '13 at 2:21
    
Yeah you go to the weekly schedule, and it shows as being on Fridays (and Tuesdays, I think). –  Mark Mayo Sep 2 '13 at 2:36
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The distances in South America are long, and there is not that much air traffic at all. It's almost 4000 km from Santiago to Quito - similar to the distance between NYC and LA. The LA1446/1447 pair is the closest thing to a direct flight between the cities, but their actual route is a big mess: info.flightmapper.net/flight/LAN_Airlines_LA_1446 –  Jouni Sirén Sep 2 '13 at 2:49
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