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12 million passengers expected at Lima’s airport, this year

Jorge Chavez International Airport (Photo: Andina)
Passenger traffic at Jorge Chavez International Airport could reach 12 million by the end of 2011. The estimate comes from Luis Felipe Vallejo, general manager of the Peruvian Corporation of Airports and Commercial Aviation (Corpac).

"Lima’s airport leads passenger traffic in the country. Last year we had more than 11 million passengers, this year we could reach 12 million," he said.

He said other airports with high passenger traffic were Cusco, Iquitos (Loreto), Arequipa, Puerto Maldonado (Madre de Dios), Piura and Trujillo (La Libertad).

"At the Jorge Chavez airport we made approximately 400 daily operations, taking into account takeoffs and landings, however, some days we exceed that number by a lot," he told Andina news agency.

He emphasized that during the last five years, airport operations increased by nearly 70 percent nationwide, driven by the expansion of new routes and the entry of new airlines.

"Moreover, economic growth has been central to the expansion of this sector, since many people who previously traveled by bus in recent years have preferred to go by plane. This is also because there are now better prices when buying airline tickets," he said.

He said that in 2005 the Piura airport performed two to three operations a day, and 11 operations a day in 2011. A decade ago, the Cusco airport had eight to ten daily flights, now it serves 26 flights a day.

"At that time, the Cusco airport had half a million passengers, currently they have 1.7 million a year," he added.

Vallejo projected that the airport passenger traffic would continue at a growth rate of seven percent annually over the next five years.

"I believe we should get to about 15 or 16 million passengers without any problems by 2016," he said.

He stressed that building the second runway at Jorge Chavez airport would alleviate the increased traffic in the airport’s terminal.

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