The company is looking into the expansion of their terminal in Chiclayo. They seek to improve multimodal connectivity with Copa Airlines. Aeropuertos de Perú (AdP) provides details of its investments in this second half of the year, and the 2018 forecasts of the airport concessionaire.
AdP general manager Evans Avendaño, said that they are reinforcing connectivity between their Pisco terminal (where two airlines operate) and Cusco, promoting a circuit joining two main tourist destinations: Machu Picchu and the Nasca lines. He added that in the future, the air transport market will be energized by the arrival of low cost airlines, which have a significant effect on the air market due to their pricing policies.
Which are AdP's most immediate investments?
The main investments are the rehabilitation of airport runways of Chiclayo and Piura, for a total of US$ 100 million, spanning over the next 18 to 24 months.
We will begin with the rehabilitation of the Piura airport runways. The bidding process for this contract has been launched for the month of September. In the coming weeks, we expect to launch the other call for tenders for the rehabilitation of the Chiclayo airport runways. The investment will be around US$ 50 million for each runway.
When are works set to begin?
In the case of Piura, works should begin between the end of the third quarter and the fourth quarter of this year. In Chiclayo, works could start at the beginning of 2018. These rehabilitation works are essential to maintain the safety of our operations, moreover after having endured the El Niño phenomenon in February and March of this year, which caused the deterioration of the runways.
What other initiatives are you planning for the coming years?
We expect to invest US$ 983 million in the next five years. One of the most advanced developments is the project associated with the terminal in Chiclayo, for about US$ 340 million.
What does it consist of?
This involves the construction of a new terminal, as well as the extension of a runway, a terminal area apron and a general aviation apron.
Responding to the need for a means to export agricultural products by air in the northern region of Peru, this airport will also feature a cargo terminal and apron.
Are there other expansions in process?
Another project that is part of our multi-year investment plan, and which is awaiting approval, is the expansion of the Iquitos air terminal. We also have the development of the new terminals of our Trujillo, Piura and Cajamarca airports. And there is also the rehabilitation of runways in Talara (Piura), Pucallpa and Anta (Huaraz).
What is being done about international flights?
We have initiatives with Copa Airlines, which nowadays flies directly between Panama City and Chiclayo. Copa's flights have a twice-a-week frequency. We are planning to increase flight frequencies and are evaluating changes in schedules.
We have been working on a land transport connectivity plan with Copa Airlines, and we have been talking with a transport company to enhance multimodal connectivity to support flights in the north of Peru and expand itineraries.
And what about the behavior of passenger demand?
The growth rate for this year is between 5% and 6%. In 2016, we grew by 3.5% and in 2015 by 5%. This year our passenger traffic is forecast to be 5.1 million passengers. In 2016, we had about 4.8 million passengers at our 12 airports combined.