Jorge Chávez International Airport , known as Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez in Spanish, is Peru's main international and domestic airport. It is located in Callao, 11 km (7 miles) from the Historic Centre of Lima and 17 km (11 miles) from Miraflores. Callao is the port city now fully integrated with Lima, the nation's capital. In 2007, the airport handled 7,505,832 passengers and 92,880 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.
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 Callao
. 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Over time, the airport showed signals of decay, lack of space for passengers and outdated technology in radar and safety.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 by Fraport and two other minor partners, remaining 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. It included the Peru Plaza Commercial Center and a new concourse with 18 gates, 7 of them with boarding bridges. In June 2007 a four-star hotel was opened in front of the terminal. The second phase, now in construction, includes the expansion of the concourse with 12 additional boarding bridges and the expansion of the immigration hall, which will be completed in December 2008. The construction of a second runway is another very important project, which will be completed in 2011.
Jorge Chávez International Airport was awarded the title of best airport in South America by Skytrax World Airports Awards 2005, and it came in second place in the 2008 survey.
Hotel and commercial infrastructure
- Hotel Ramada Costa del Sol: This four-star hotel is located in front of the air control tower and consists of five floors, which include restaurant, cafeteria, bar, spa, swimming pool, gymnasium, beauty salon, business center and conference rooms. The building is covered by acoustic panels which keep out noise from the airplanes. The hotel opened June 12, 2007 and is the fifth hotel of the Costa del Sol hotel chain, the others being located in Tumbes, Piura, Chiclayo and Cajamarca.
- Peru Plaza Commercial Center: Made up of a conjunction of retail stores offering Peruvian products such as clothing, handicrafts, silver jewelry, perfumes, liquors, chocolates, and other items. It also houses food shops which sell various types of food including international franchises such as McDonald's, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and Papa John's.
Transportation between the airport and the city is only provided by taxis and tour buses and vans. For security reasons it is strongly recommended that one only takes taxis offered by registered companies at the arrivals areas of the airport.
Taxis usually cost roughly S/.50 ($17 USD) to Miraflores
or S/.30 ($10 USD) to the city center.
Another possibility is renting cars or vans from the various companies located in the International Arrivals area.
To obtain touristical information there are official stands located in the arrivals and departures areas of the airport. At these stands free informational material, such as pamphlets and brochures, regarding tourist destinations as well as the bureaucratic system. Stands provided by Lima Airport Partners are available offering other general and flight information.
- Bank: Interbank
- Money exchange agency: Interbank
- ATMs: GlobalNet
- Lounges and business centers: Sumaq, VIP Club
- Post office: Serpost
- Traveller assistance: Assist-Card
- Communication centers: Telefonica
- Baggage safeguarding
- Travel agency
- Emergency medical services
It is common in many South American airports to pay an airport fee in cash before a domestic or international departure, regardless what you have already paid with the airline ticket. This is also the case in Lima. The current prices are 6.05 United States dollars
for domestic flights and US$ 30.25 for international flights. Only U.S. dollars are accepted at the airport payment teller windows. If the passenger does not have this currency, he/she may pay in Peruvian nuevos soles
at the exchange rate in force on that day or obtain the U.S. currency at the teller windows of the money exchange agency, located inside the airport
Airlines and destinations
- Aerolíneas Argentinas (Buenos Aires-Ezeiza)
- Aeroméxico (Mexico City)
- Air Canada (Toronto-Pearson)
- Air Comet (Madrid)
- American Airlines (Miami)
- Avianca (Bogotá)
- Continental Airlines (Houston-Intercontinental, Newark)
- Copa Airlines (Panama City)
- Delta Air Lines (Atlanta)
- Gol Transportes Aéreos (Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Santiago)
- Iberia (Madrid)
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam)
- LAN Airlines (Los Angeles, New York-JFK, Santiago de Chile)
- LAN Perú (Arequipa, Bogotá, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cajamarca, Caracas, Chiclayo, Cusco, Guayaquil, Iquitos, Juliaca, La Paz, Los Angeles, Madrid, Medellín, Mexico City, Miami, Piura, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado, Quito, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Tacna, Tarapoto, Trujillo, Tumbes)
- LC Busre (Andahuaylas, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Huancayo, Huánuco, Huaraz, Chimbote [begins October])
- Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale)
- Star Perú (Cajamarca, Cusco, Iquitos, Pucallpa, Tarapoto)
- Lacsa (Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, San José (CR))
- TACA Peru (Asunción [begins December 15], Bogotá, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Caracas, Cusco, Guatemala City, Guayaquil, La Paz, Medellín, Montevideo, Quito, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, San José (CR), San Salvador, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo-Guarulhos)
- TAM Airlines (São Paulo-Guarulhos) [begins October 17]