Traffic on domestic flights up 21 percent in 2011



LAN carried more domestic passengers than any other airline in 2011. (Photo: Living in Peru archive )

Air traffic on domestic flights recorded more than 1.4 million passengers in the first trimester of 2011, representing an increase of almost 22 percent from the same period in 2010, Andina reports.

March alone recorded 468,768 passengers, an increase of 19 percent since 2010, when the number of passengers carried was 393,502.

In March Cuzco recorded110,464 passengers, an increase of 17 percent compared to the same month last year. Arequipa followed with 72,884 passengers (27 percent increase), Iquitos with 51,959 passengers (5 percent increase) and Piura with 40,190 passengers (35 percent increase).

In the third month of the year, passengers on board from the Peruvian capital had an increase of 35,531 passengers which meant a growth of 19 percent since March 2010.

Nationally, between January and March, LAN Peru had the highest participation in domestic air traffic, carrying 896,196 passengers, which accounted for 62 percent of the market.

Peruvian Airlines followed carrying 230,391 passengers (16 percent), Star Peru, with 218,250 passengers (15 percent), Taca Peru with 58,819 passengers (4 percent) and ATSA with 13,338 passengers (just under 1 percent).