The cheapest times to fly from IAD to MEC are

  • January 22nd to February 11th
  • March 5th to March 25th
  • April 16th to June 3rd (except the week of May 7th)
  • August 27th to December 2nd

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from IAD to MEC is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $1402 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $609 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to Manta

Flying from Washington, DC (IAD) to Manta (MEC) will usually cost between $616 to $1167 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late September with an average ticket price of $616. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $1232. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $616 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $683 can be considered a good price for a round-trip IAD to MEC flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the IAD to MEC route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

IAD to MEC Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the IAD to MEC flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Washington. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.15, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $63 (6%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $746. Return trip prices are from the MEC to IAD flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from IAD to MEC can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 5 hour 57 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking IAD to MEC

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from IAD to MEC — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Quito (IAD > UIO > MEC)

  • Price for both tickets: $634
  • Average savings: $49 (7.17%)

See IAD to UIO flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from IAD to MEC? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Avianca, COPA, Delta, TAME, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Eloy Alfaro International Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2763 miles or 4447 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from IAD to MEC?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop IAD to MEC flight is about 5 hour 57 minutes.

How many flights go between Washington, DC and Manta?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 19 available flights from IAD to MEC.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeIAD
Origination airport nameWashington Dulles International Airport
CityWashington, DC
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeMEC
Destination airport nameEloy Alfaro International Airport


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