In May next year, it will be possible to fly directly between Peru and the United Kingdom, as British Airways are offering a new direct route between London and Lima. The airline will use Boeing 777 aircraft, which have a capacity to seat more than 300 passengers.
The Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR) and PROMPERÚ Board President, Magali Silva Velarde-Alvarez, said that this connection is a great opportunity for both regions, since it has the potential to boost tourism between Peru and the United Kingdom. She also stated that this flight is possible as Peru has a stable economy, making the country an ideal hub for South America.
The flight will be offered three times per week in summer and two times per week in winter. The aircraft will depart from Gatwick airport and arrive at Jorge Chávez airport in Lima. Both legs of the flight are predicted to be in high demand by passengers, and the space offered in the cargo holds will facilitate trade between the two continents.
The new route will benefit other European countries as well, since only Madrid (Iberia, LATAM and Air Europa), Amsterdam (KLM) and Paris (Air France) have daily direct flights. Residents of cities such as Rome and Barcelona will also benefit from the new airline route to Peru, which will provide them with more options for visiting the land of the Incas.