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Peru plans to expand Lima airport

01 August 2011 14:14

The citadel of Machu Picchu is a huge attraction for visitors to Peru

The citadel of Machu Picchu is a huge attraction for visitors to Peru

Peru's transport ministry has unveiled plans to expand the international airport in capital Lima.

A growing number of holidaymakers are taking out travel insurance and heading off to Peru to see its biggest attractions such as the magnificent Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and nature reserves around the Amazon.

The country is now working to upgrade its transport infrastructure to cater for the growing number of visitors.

The Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima will get a second runway and terminal under a project outlined by transport minister Cornejo Ramirez, according to news agency Andina.

Lima Airport Partners, which manages the facility, has be granted 190,000 sq m of land for the expansion, and construction work is expected to start some time early next year.

However, there are still some issues to be resolved including the rehabilitation of some communities living around the airport area.

Mr Ramirez said he hoped the project will continue to receive support from the next government. Peru's president-elect Ollanta Humala is due to take charge later this month