Manta Air Base
Manta Air Base (also known as Eloy Alfaro Air Base) is a combination civilian airport and military air base on the outskirts of Manta in the province of Manabi in western continental Ecuador. The airport was inaugurated by the Ecuadorian air force on October 24, 1978.
The airport is currently used by the United States Air Force (USAF) division of the United States Southern Command for operations against illegal cocaine trafficking in northwestern South America. In 1999, the U.S. signed a ten-year agreement with the Ecuadorean government that allows the U.S. to station up 475 military personnel at Manta. USAF AWACS and United States Navy E-2 aircraft operated from the base to monitor air traffic in the area.Butler, Amy, "Down South: Regional cost-sharing seems an option for Central American AFs aging systems", Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 21, 2008, p. 34. President Rafael Correa has promised that he will not renew the agreement that allows the United States access to the base when it expires in 2009, unless the United States reciprocates by allowing Ecuador to build an air base in Miami, Florida. Correa suggests base in Miami, The Washington Times, October 23, 2007
Ecuador-United States relations
Aviacion - Ala 23 "Eloy Alfaro "- Manta -, description in Spanish of Manta Air Base on the Web site of the Ecuadorian military
Correa suggests base in Miami
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