Peru govt to deliver land for Jorge Chavez airport expansion

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Peru’s government will start delivering land for a $1 billion expansion of Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport, from February next year.

Transport and Communications Minister Carlos Paredes said before a congressional committee that "personal interests must come second to the public interest, otherwise we risk losing the chance to make the airport a real hub."

Talks with local dwellers have begun, and the government is doing "everything humanly possible to relocate them and improve their quality of life," Paredes was quoted as saying by website airport-world.com.

The expansion project involves building a second passenger terminal and a new landing strip.

Under the concession contract, with Lima Airport Partners (LAP), the government has until 2013 to transfer all of the land to be used for the expansion.

LAP then has five years to carry out the works.

Annual passenger numbers at the airport rose to 11.8 million last year, up from 8.0 million in 2008.

Peru’s government will start delivering land for a $1 billion expansion of Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport, from February next year.

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