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Jorge Chávez International Airport , known as Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez in Spanish, is Perumarker's main international and domestic airport. It is located in Callaomarker, 11 kilometers (7 mi) from the Historic Centre of Limamarker and 17 km (11 mi) from Miraflores. Callao is the port city now fully integrated with Limamarker, the nation's capital. In 2008, the airport handled 8,288,506 passengers and 98,733 aircraft movements.

For many years it was the hub for now defunct Aeroperú and Compañía de Aviación Faucett, one of the oldest airlines in Latin America. Now it serves as a hub for many aviation companies.

History

The first airport of Lima was the Limatambo Airport, located in San Isidro, which ceased operations in 1960 due to lack of space and capacity to handle the increasing flights. In that same year, the Lima-Callao International Airport began to operate in Callaomarker. In June 1965, the airport was renamed as "Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez" after French Peruvian aviator Jorge Chávez Dartnell and in December 1965, the current terminal building was inaugurated.

Over time, the airport showed signals of decay, lack of space for passengers and outdated technology in radar and safety. In 2001, in order to improve and expand its infrastructure, the airport was concessioned by the Peruvian government to Lima Airport Partners (LAP), now composed of Fraport and two other minor partners, retaining the air traffic control managed by the Peruvian Corporation of Airports and Commercial Aviation (CORPAC).

In February 2005, the first phase of the renovation and expansion project was completed, including the Peru Plaza Commercial Center and the new concourse. In June 2007 a four-star hotel was opened in front of the terminal. In January 2009, the second phase of the terminal expansion was inaugurated. Now the terminal has 28 gates, 19 of them with boarding bridges. The construction of a second runway is another very important project to be completed in 2014.

Jorge Chávez International Airport was awarded the title of best airport in South America by Skytrax World Airports Awards in years 2005 and 2009, and it came in second place in the 2008 survey.

Twenty-three airlines operate out of Jorge Chávez International Airport.

In August 2009, Jorge Chávez International Airport announced that they should receive a new ILS CAT III in 2010 to help with fog landings due to fog in Limamarker.

Transportation

Transportation between the airport and city is provided by taxis, tour buses and vans. For security reasons, visitors are recommended to take only those taxis offered by registered companies at the airport arrivals area.

Airlines and destinations

References

  1. [1].
  2. "Antecedentes Históricos". CORPAC. Retrieved on 2008-11-02.
  3. "About LAP". Lima Airport Partners. Retrieved on 2008-11-02.
  4. Jorge Chávez International Airport to receive CAT III


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