Peruvian Airline Slashes Fares On Domestic Routes
Peru’s largest airline, LAN Peru, announced this week that it has significantly reduced ticket prices for most domestic flights and will soon expand the number of direct flights between Lima and the U.S. gateways of Washington DC and Miami.
According to the Peruvian business daily, El Comercio, LAN will immediately reduce ticket prices to and from Cusco by 50% and prices between Arequipa and other Peruvian cities by 46%. Among the other cities seeing lower prices are the seaside town of Trujillo (35%), Chiclayo (34%), Piura (33% and Cajamarca (29%).
Under the new tariffs, the lowest price for advance-purchase tickets between Cusco and Lima will be US$69 one way and US$68 between Lima and Arequipa. The lowest fares require passengers to purchase the ticket at least one month in advance.
An airline official said the company intends to continue its efforts to “democratize” air travel in Peru by lowering the economic barriers for middle class Peruvians.
The deregulation of airline ticket prices in 2006 has led to a boom in domestic air travel with nearly 10 million passengers flying last year compared to 2.6 million a decade ago. Some 70% of those new passengers availed themselves of the lower-cost advance-purchase fares.
Additionally, the airline announced that from May 2 it would begin offering direct service between Lima and Washington DC in the United States four times weekly. It will also increase the frequency of flights between Miami and Lima from 14 flights a week to 17.
José Sabogal, director of sales and marketing for LAN, told El Comercio that the airline also hopes to inaugurate service between Lima and the northern city of Jaén during the second half of this year.
Jaén is on the eastern side of the Andes in the Amazonas province and is a gateway to the ancient citadel of Kuelap, a major pre-Columbian archeological site currently accessible only via a long and dangerous overland journey through the mountains.