Pictured speaking at the launch of LATAM Airlines’ inaugural service from Cuzco to Santiago on 15 August is Liz Chirinos, Deputy Minister of Tourism, with Manuel van Oordt, GM, LATAM Airlines Peru, waits to take his turn at the podium. The carrier will offer three weekly flights between the Peruvian and Chiliean cities using A319s.
- LATAM Airlines launched flights from Peru’s seventh biggest city in terms of population, Cuzco (CUZ) to the capital of Chile, Santiago (SCL), on 15 August. The oneworld member will perform three weekly flights on the 2,208-kilometre South American city pair using its fleet of 144-seat A319s. No other airline presently operates between the two cities. This is the carrier’s only international route from Cuzco, with it offering non-stop flights on seven domestic links from the city this August. An analysis of OAG traffic data shows that over 61,100 people travelled indirectly between Cuzco and Santiago in 2017, resulting in an average PDEW of 84 people. The top connection airport last year was Lima, with it accounting for 98% of traffic flying between Cuzco and Santiago. Cuzco Airport handled just under 3.38 million passengers in 2017, up 5.3% versus 2016. International traffic from the airport accounted for only 2.6% of passengers last year, however this rose from a market share of 1.5% the year before. Peru is a nation where the capital airport of Lima holds the majority stake of international traffic, with 99% of all non-domestic passengers flying into the city. However, Cuzco saw its market share of Peru’s international passengers grow from 0.5% in 2016 to 0.8% last year, with LATAM’s new Santiago route hopefully helping it push the 1.0% barrier in 2018.