Coronavirus: Police in Ecuador block runway to stop flights from landing

The runway takeover had not been authorised by any officials.
The runway takeover had not been authorised by any officials. Photo credit: Twitter/Manuel Ramirez ARFF

A video posted on social media appears to show the extreme lengths one city has gone to to stop aircraft arriving in their city during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The incident happened in the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador on Wednesday (NZ time) after the government had announced increased border restrictions for the country, but had allowed for flights to arrive to take visitors home, or repatriate local citizens.

Video from the airport was posted on Twitter by Manuel Ramirez ARFF on Thursday morning (NZ time).

Despite the landings being authorised, staff from the local police and transit authorities entered the airport grounds in government vehicles to stop any aircraft from landing.

The move surprised airport staff, who were expecting the scheduled arrival of two commercial flights, both of which had to divert to other cities.

Both airport and government officials have distanced themselves from the alleged rouge activity and have said at this stage they expect regular flights to continue.

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