The President of the Republic Dina Boluarte
on Monday affirmed that the second landing strip at Jorge Chavez International Airport marks a milestone in Peru's history.
The Head of State explained that this will turn the country's main air terminal into the most modern airport in South America.
Moreover, the dignitary remarked that this is a long-awaited work that promotes the country's economic revival.
"As President of the Republic, I am proud to participate in the commencement of operations of a long-awaited work: the second landing strip and the new air traffic control tower at Jorge Chavez Airport," she said during the ceremony marking the start of operations on the new runway.
Thus, the President stated that the new infrastructure will promote growth and progress, which will boost the economy and provide great opportunities for Peru, allowing the airport to receive around 30 million passengers a year.
"From previously receiving 23 million passengers a year, with the second runway and new terminal, Jorge Chavez International Airport will have the capacity to receive 30 million passengers a year and thus become the most important and modern air terminal in South America," she said.
Mrs. Boluarte remarked that the work will provide significant benefits to the country since it is designed to receive "all types of commercial aircraft operating in the international industry," and includes an alternate runway that could be used in case of emergency.
"One of the major benefits of having two operating runways is that, in the event of an incident on one of them, the other can be used as an emergency runway. It will no longer be necessary to land at a nearby regional airport," the country's top official said.
"Above all, it will be essential to schedule and immediately enable humanitarian flights, which will allow us to attend to our compatriots," she added.