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Lima Airport Partners: In 2022, more than 18 million passengers were carried by airlines

 

       The recovery in air traffic in 2022 was driven by the entry of new airlines into the Peruvian market, reopening of destinations, increase in flights and relaxation of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

       In 2023 we expect to reach pre-pandemic air traffic levels, however, the current social situation in the country and the impact on airport facilities could slow down the expected growth.

 

Despite the COVID-19 restrictions at the beginning of 2022 and the cancellation of some domestic flights in December 2022 due to the social crisis, more than 18 million passengers flew from or to the Jorge Chávez International Airport during this current year, which shows a growth rate of 72% compared to the 2021 figure (10.8 million passengers).

 

Regarding domestic traffic, 11.7 million passengers were carried in 2022, that is, more than 4 million additional passengers or 53% more than 2021 (7.7 million). Similar is the case of international passengers, which totalled 6.9 million, representing more than 3 million additional passengers or an increase of 119% over 2021 (3.1 million).

 

Trends are being set for 2023

The air traffic forecasting for this current year already suggests a consolidation of traffic on domestic flights, it could even exceed the levels reached in 2019. International flights have the opportunity to continue growing this year, their recovery has been accelerated by the reopening of routes, the increase in flight frequencies and the entry of new airlines into the Peruvian market. However, there are other determining factors that could slow down this growth as a result of the current situation, which has adversely impacted many business sectors, such as tourism and air transport.

 

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


 

 

 

About LAP:

 

Lima Airport Partners (LAP) is the private operator of the Jorge Chavez International Airport. The LAP’s partnership structure is as follows: Fraport AG., operator of Frankfurt Airport and other major airports in the world with 80.01% share; and the International Finance Corporation a World Bank branch, with 19.99% share. Since the beginning of the concession in February 2001, LAP has invested USD 1.234 billion in modernizing the Jorge Chavez international Airport and transferred to the Peruvian State more than USD 3 billion in concession compliance fee, Corpac fee, concession compliance tax and other taxes. 

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