Lima’s airport expansion a ‘necessity,’ Humala says

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Expanding the Jorge Chavez International Airport, the country’s main airport, is a “national necessity” because of the country’s economic growth, President Ollanta Humala said on Tuesday.

After flying over nearby land, where construction of a second runway will take place, Humala said the expansion would allow the airport to receive up to 20 million passengers every year.

"The airport expansion will now becomes a national necessity, given economic growth, and Peru’s geographical position, which will make [Peru] a developing international hub,” Humala said.

The Ministry of Transportation, he said, will complete the delivery of adjacent land, later this year.

The president said the airport’s initial modernization and improvement led to an increase from 4 million to 11 million passengers at Lima’s Jorge Chavez airport. This figure, he said, is predicted to increase to 13 million passengers by the end of this year.

"And the airport expansion will allow us to reach the figure of 20 million passengers, excluding layover passengers, who last year totaled 1.2 million,” he said.

The president said the people who are currently living on the land where the second runway will be constructed, will be transferred to a better location.

"We are working with the ministry and have asked the regional government [of Callao]for support with this task, which will allow us to place Callao as a strong region, that is buoyant and supports the economic growth of the country,” Humala said.

Expanding the Jorge Chavez International Airport, the country’s main airport, is a “national necessity” because of the country’s economic growth, President Ollanta Humala said on Tuesday.

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