Peru's Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Rogers Valencia has announced China Eastern Airlines will operate five monthly cargo flights starting January 2019 and aimed at transporting fresh Inca products to the Asian Giant.
"China Eastern Airlines
has confirmed five cargo flights between Shanghai
and Lima. They will have to make a technical stop, probably in Miami," the official told RPP radio and TV station.
Furthermore, the airline has indicated that —depending on the demand— passenger flights could begin in order to boost incoming tourism
"We have been told that if cargo flights are maintained, it is very likely that we will have direct flights to Shanghai by 2021," he added.
Minister Valencia also pointed out Peru's goal is to reach US$1 billion —per year— in non-traditional exports
to China by 2023.
"However, non-traditional exports
have been increasing in significant volumes. A 22% expansion was registered by September," Valencia told Andina news agency.