By Florencia Lucero Heguy
The merger of Peruvian Airlines and Star Peru, the arrival of Sky, Latam as a pointer and Viva Air doubling are the causes, among others, of the expansion in which Peru is located, despite the departure of LC Peru.
Peru began the year by increasing its passenger air traffic, with a month of January in which it increased 2% over the same month of the previous year. This growth has been taking place in the last 10 years, which can be said to be one of the Latin American countries that most increases its level in the commercial aviation market.
With the exit of the LC Peru market in November last year, passengers chose to choose other airlines to make their trips to different cities in Peru, being more beneficial for two airlines in particular: Latam and the Colombian Viva Air, which doubled the number of passengers nationwide and their participation in one year. It is important to note that several airlines increased their routes, such as Latam, and others joined, such as Sky Airlines that landed in Peru this last year. The departure of LC Peru helped passengers choose others to make trips to different cities in the country. LC Peru linked important cities that have the particular characteristic of having limited operation airports where only small planes enter, but at the same time great needs for air transport.
Likewise, Peruvian Airlines and Star Peru, of the Irish group Aergo Capital Limited, will merge in the short term to remain in the domestic market before the entry of the low cost Viva Air and Sky. As part of its strategy, in addition, between the end of June and the beginning of July, Peru will resume the Lima – Cusco – La Paz route. It also aims to increase the number of frequencies to the destinations it already has, which are Jauja, Arequipa, Pucallpa, Cusco, Iquitos, Tarapoto, Piura, Tacna and Ilo, and add new routes, since this year they bought four more planes with in order to continue growing locally. It is important to note that the merger of the two airlines will focus on covering the routes abandoned by LC Peru and Avianca, which reduced operations. This alliance will allow Cajamarca, Chiclayo and soon to Tumbes. On the other hand, with smaller planes they will fly to airports such as Huánuco, Tingo María and Chachapoyas, which are smaller.
The Colombian Viva Air is in a process of expansion in the Peruvian market, which also has the future incorporation of 50 Airbus A320 aircraft, with which it will try to cover the needs of the entire local market. This company managed, in just two years, to obtain the second position, of which it was only surpassed by Latam.
On the other hand, Peru has smaller-scale airlines that point to another market. Aerocaribe, besides being a passenger company, has cargo and mail flights and they work with important clients from the oil sector to Malvinas (in the Amazon) and Nuevo Mundo. In this way, it established itself as an airline specialized in air and charter cargo transportation in Latin America and the Caribbean with its Antonov An-32 aircraft.
In the same way, Atsa Peru is a company that is dedicated to providing services on VIP flights, passenger and cargo charter, assisted aeromedical evacuation, among others. making national and international flights through its fleet that has an Antonov An-32, Fokker 50, Gulfstream G200, IAI 1125 Astra and Piper PA-42 Cheyenne III.
For its part, the MovilAir company, which was created with the purpose of spreading and revaluing its cultural heritage, has the most modern Nasca fleet: three Cessna Grand Caravan. It differs from other airlines since its destinations are tourist.