The cheapest times to fly from LAX to MEC are

  • January 15th to February 18th
  • March 5th to March 25th
  • April 16th to April 29th
  • May 14th to June 3rd (except the week of May 21st)

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 LAX to MEC is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $1422 for Saturday flights during early to mid July, or as low as $550 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to Manta

Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Manta (MEC) will usually cost between $564 to $1268 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 $569. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid July, with an average price of $1268. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $699 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $674 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to MEC flight.

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

LAX to MEC Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LAX to MEC flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Los Angeles. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, 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 $96 (10%) 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 $737. Return trip prices are from the MEC to LAX 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 LAX 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 7 hour 10 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from LAX to MEC while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil

  • 100 miles (161 km) away from MEC
  • Usually 12.02% less expensive than MEC
  • 1-layover flights available

See LAX to GYE flights


Flight Hacking LAX 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 LAX to MEC — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $620
  • Average savings: $54 (8.01%)

See LAX to UIO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Avianca, COPA, Delta, TAME, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Eloy Alfaro International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 3433 miles or 5525 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to MEC flight is about 7 hour 10 minutes.

How many flights go between Los Angeles, CA and Manta?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 21 available flights from LAX to MEC.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code LAX
Origination airport name Los Angeles International Airport
City Los Angeles, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.9
Longitude -118.4

Return Airport

Destination code MEC
Destination airport name Eloy Alfaro International Airport
City Manta
Country Ecuador
Latitude -0.9
Longitude -80.7


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