International travelers arriving have been facing increasingly long wait times upon arrival in Peru at Lima’s Jorge Chavez Airport. El Comercio published that, the nights of Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12 saw lines that kept passengers trapped in Migrations Control for up to two hours.
According to El Comercio, an employee of Lima Airport Partners confirmed that only 7 of 30 control modules were open on those nights, in spite of the fact that a large volume of international flights were arriving at the time.
Valentín Ayquipa, chief of Migrations at Jorge Chavez told El Comercio, “We have 33 people to work shifts between the modules for entering and exiting the country. The 30 available modules are never completely staffed.”
Ayquipa blamed airline schedules for the backlog, saying that “At that time, a large number of flights arrive. The situation becomes overloaded, fundamentally because of flights arriving from the United States. Airlines need to change their itineraries, spreading it out during the afternoon when things are more free.”
Migrations Control told El Comercio that the lines seen this past weekend were anomalous. “We’re very sorry that passengers had to wait and had an unpleasant experience. There are issues that have to be improved, and we’re training more people to be able to staff more shifts. Right now we’re trying to incorporate workers from exit modules into work at entry modules, and vice versa according to passenger demand.”Travelers report total wait times of up to two hours upon arrival in Lima airport.