Airports need to adapt to market demand
The International Council of Airports for Latin America celebrates the development project that Lima Airport Partners is leading at the Jorge Chávez International Airport, fundamental for the social and economic development of Peru
The pandemic has resulted in the largest drop in passenger traffic in aviation history. Given this situation and the great uncertainty about the recovery of the airline sector, the traffic projections for 2019 are no longer valid. Today, airports in Latin America and the Caribbean face the great challenge of adapting their operations, structures and projections in search of effective solutions to continue their operations and recover the airport industry.
The unprecedented crisis in international air transport as a consequence of the pandemic has demonstrated the need for airport operators to be able to adapt to the changing needs of the industry. Faced with this situation, LAP has updated its development plan that allows it to obtain operational flexibility in the medium term with the temporary operation of two terminals. This operational modality, typical of large intercontinental hubs, maximizes the efficient use of the current infrastructure.
"What LAP proposes is precisely to have a temporary dual operation that will grow modularly according to demand, in line with the largest and best airports in the world." commented Dr. Rafael Echevarne, ACI Director General for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Air transport is in the process of evolution. In addition to the pandemic, the industry is immersed in a true technological revolution to mitigate climate change with the development of new propulsion systems for aircraft and the implementation of new renewable energy sources to serve air terminals. Likewise, new air transport models such as drones and eVTOL are rethinking the role of airports as multimodal connection centers. Faced with these new challenges, operational flexibility is key for airports and the cities and regions they serve to position themselves successfully.
LAP is taking into account this changing landscape and the new realities of the industry and is adapting with a project whose fundamental objective is the environmental, social and economic sustainability of all the actors involved.
"We consider that changes in the industry, technological advances, and many other factors in the global environment are factors that determine changes in the development of an airport that must meet the needs of a changing and developing world" added Dr. Echevarne
Jorge Chávez International Airport will be world-class, with two independent parallel runways in 2022 and a second passenger terminal in 2025, successfully positioning Lima, and Peru, in the socio-economic landscape of Latin America.