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Peru: Lima’s Airport Sees Important Recovery in 2022 Passenger Traffic

Inside Lima’s airport terminal. (Photo: VasenkaPhotography – https://www.flickr.com/photos/vasenka/8722356428/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26698429)

Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport welcomed 18.6 million passengers in 2022, showing a significant recovery of 78.96% when compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019. However, the recovery was hindered by health restrictions in the first quarter and domestic flight cancellations due to a social crisis in December.

Domestic traffic saw a 53% increase, while international traffic showed a growth of 119% compared to the previous year. Lima Airport Partners’ Commercial Strategy and Marketing Manager, Emilio Parada, remains optimistic about the airport’s future, estimating more than 23 million passengers in 2023. The airport has also witnessed an increase in commercial airlines, promoting healthy competition and a better offering for passengers.

North America, Central America, and South America have all shown impressive growth, with Air Canada resuming operations from Toronto and Montreal, United reactivating its route between Newark and the Peruvian capital, and SKY Peru becoming the only Peruvian low-cost airline to operate between Peru and the United States. The Central American market has also shown promising growth, with Costa Rica and Volaris Costa Rica increasing operations between Lima and San José.

“Despite the conjuncture, in 2022 we managed to reach 79% of the pre-pandemic passenger traffic (2019), and for 2023 we estimate more than 23 million passengers, a level very close to the 2019 traffic. Jorge Chávez International Airport, in Lima, continues to be an attractive hub for international connections” said Emilio Parada, Commercial Strategy and Marketing Manager of Lima Airport Partners. “We have been able to recover the number of commercial airlines that operated before the pandemic, thus encouraging competition and giving our passengers a better offer according to their needs,” Parada added.

Meanwhile, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia have also witnessed steady growth. Europe has also shown signs of recovery, with Air France-KLM resuming daily flights between Lima and Amsterdam and increasing the service between the Peruvian capital and Paris.

This article was originally published by Rainer Nieves Dolande on Aviacionline in syndication with AirlineGeeks.


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