The Peruvian Ministry of Transport and Communications will invest more than $270 million to modernize eight regional airports in the country. The said project of the third group of provincial airports “will benefit more than twelve million citizens of the coastal, Andean and Amazonian areas”, the ministry said.
The program includes reforms and upgrades at the airports of Jauja, Jaén, Ilo, Rioja, Chimbote, Yurimaguas, Huánuco and Chinchero-Cusco.
In the case of Chinchero International Airport, the state project includes the operation and maintenance of the air station, which is already under construction. The objective of the airport is to replace the current Teniente Alejandro Velasco Astete (CUZ) International Airport of Cusco, located in a central area.
Its development includes the construction of a terminal capable of receiving international services and thus reducing connections with the Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) in Lima. However, the program was not without controversy. Above all, due to its proximity to Ollantaytambo, a town located in the Valle Sagrado with an important archaeological park of Inca ruins.
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The works will be carried out within the framework of a cooperation program between the Peruvian government and private investors, within the framework of an initiative co-financed by the State. In this way, they ensure that efficient and safe airport services can be developed, using the highest standards of infrastructure development.
According to the ministry, the modernization works will stimulate “the commercial, tourist and transit dynamism inside the country, following the decentralization policy that the executive has encouraged, in addition to generating productive jobs and improving the quality of life of the population”.
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