Air connectivity between Peru and Latin American countries recovers in 2022
Two years after the beginning of the pandemic, the outlook is encouraging with a total of 207 weekly flights until April 2022, signaling a recovery of 41.4% compared to 2019
In the last quarter of 2019 and at the beginning of 2020, air connectivity between Peru and countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Panama exceeded 500 weekly flights, operated by airlines such as Aeroméxico, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Interjet, LATAM, JetSMART, SKY and Viva Air. However, this growth in commercial aviation was abruptly halted by the pandemic and the closing of borders in many countries.
Two years later, the outlook is encouraging, with a total of 207 weekly flights by April 2022, signaling a recovery of 41.4% compared to 2019, according to a PROMPERÚ report.
This year, Boliviana de Aviación (BoA), the Bolivian state airline, entered the Peruvian market and increased air connectivity with Bolivia by 33%, which represents a total of 12 weekly flights departing from Santa Cruz (8) and La Paz (4) operated by LATAM and BoA. In addition, BoA's new route will offer service to Argentina (Buenos Aires) and Brazil (São Paulo) with a stopover in Peru (Lima).
Volaris, the low-cost Mexican airline, will begin operations on June 1, with the following flight routes: Mexico City-Lima, Cancún-Lima and San José (Costa Rica)-Lima.
In the second half of 2021, air connectivity to Peru began to take off, with an increase in the frequency of weekly flights between Latin American countries. The airline Avianca resumed operations in Peru, Copa Airlines resumed its direct flight from Panama to Chiclayo and LATAM resumed its Córdoba-Lima route.
The Colombian low-cost airline Wingo, meanwhile, ventured into the market with its Bogotá-Lima route and JetSMART began operating three direct routes: Santiago-Lima, Santiago-Arequipa and Santiago-Trujillo.
In addition, through its strategic alliance program with international airlines, PROMPERÚ is working on promoting and marketing Peru as a tourist destination for foreigners, running joint advertising campaigns to promote their destinations and, thereby, strengthening air routes already and encouraging the launch of new routes.
In this sense, in 2021, joint advertising campaigns were launched primarily with LATAM in Chile, Ecuador and the United States, and with SKY in Argentina and Chile. These campaigns mobilized more than 97,000 air passengers.
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