Miami Airport Gets Boost From Peruvian Airline
By Samantha Joseph
New weekly flights from Lan Peru are expected to generate about $136,000 annually in landing fees and add passengers at Miami International Airport.
The airline announced Tuesday a 60% increase in its services from Miami beginning this week, adding four weekly flights to its current seven.
The flights will result in direct revenue for the airport from Lan Peru, said Aviation Department spokesman Inson Kim, plus about $4.50 from each departing passenger.
Airport data shows Lan Peru carried 48,733 people from Miami from October to June. During the same time, Lan Peru carried 80,964 passengers between Miami and all of Latin America – nearly three times more than it did one year earlier.
With landing fees for its aircraft ranging from $570 to $609 per plane, the new flights are likely to see the company pay about $39,000 by December to land at Miami International.
Misty Pinson, local spokeswoman for the Peruvian airline, said a rise in leisure and business travel to South America is prompting the flight increases.
Strong business ties between Miami and Latin America, political and social unrest in other parts of the region and a growing eco-tourism market in Peru are boosting travel to that country.
"Tourism and travel is definitely increasing in Peru," Ms. Pinson said. "It’s a safe destination, as opposed to traveling to other parts of the world right now, and it’s an easy trip in terms of travel time and jet lag."
Lan Peru’s new services offer direct flights to Lima and continuing service to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The company is part of the LAN service alliance, which includes Lan Chile, Lan Ecuador and Lan Dominicana.