May 1. After being severely disrupted by the pandemic, Peru’s Latin American connections are edging towards pre-COVID 2019 levels. Peru’s Export and Tourism Promotion Agency, PROMPERU, says that flights between Peru and Latin American countries have recovered to around 41% compared to 2019.
While there is a very long way to go to full recovery, this is an encouraging sign for Peru’s airlines. Peru has five airlines operating on domestic routes, with a sixth, JetSMART having recently received its AOC.
LATAM dominates the market from its base at Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM). Others with domestic routes are ATSA Airlines, Sky Airline, Star Peru and Viva Air Peru.
The connectivity highpoint was at the beginning of 2020, when there were more than 500 weekly flights to Latin American countries. These connected Peru to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Panama.
Airlines operating the routes included Aeroméxico, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Interjet, LATAM, JetSMART, SKY and Viva Air. However, the arrival of COVID-19 quickly closed off borders throughout South and Latin America, and air services became another casualty of the virus.
Source: Simple Flying